NCAA Game Summary - UNLV at North Carolina|
(Saturday, December 29th)
Final Score: North Carolina 79, (20) UNLV 73
Chapel Hill, NC (Sports Network) - Dexter Strickland scored 16 points to lead
North Carolina in a 79-73 victory over No. 20 UNLV on Saturday.
P.J. Hairston gave 15 points to go with four steals, James Michael McAdoo
added 13 points and nine rebounds while Marcus Paige finished with 12 points
for the Tar Heels (10-3), who have won five of six.
"Needless to say, we feel very good," said North Carolina head coach Roy
Williams. "It was fun to have some excitement in the locker room. We haven't
been able to have that this year. That's what you coach for. I don't know what
everybody does but those are the kind of moments I coach for. I see kids
enjoying themselves, feeling the satisfaction of doing some things that are
fairly difficult to do."
Anthony Bennett posted 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Anthony Marshall and
Katin Reinhardt each gave 15 points as well for the Rebels (11-2), who had a
nine-game winning streak stopped.
"The first thing is to give credit to Coach Williams and North Carolina; they
had a terrific game and played extremely well," said UNLV head coach Dave
Rice. "They played a great first half and even better first 10 minutes of the
game. We dug ourselves into a hole in the first half. I was proud of our
resiliency and being able to come back."
North Carolina came out strong and held a 19-6 lead after nine minutes when
J.P. Tokoto tipped in a Paige miss.
A 7-2 run a few minutes later got UNLV back to within seven points after
Reinhardt buried a 3-pointer, but North Carolina answered with the next seven
points and eventually took a 39-30 lead into the break.
The Rebels went on a 15-4 run early in the second half and took their first
lead of the game when Reinhardt put in a 3-ball for a 49-48 lead six minutes
North Carolina, though, countered with the next six points to take the lead
UNLV stuck with it and made it a 1-point game several times, but was unable to
climb the hump.
After Khem Birch put in a layup to get the Rebels a point back at 64-63 with 7
1/2 to play, the Tar Heels scored the next five points with a Hairston free
throw giving the team a 69-63 lead with under six minutes to play.
A Marshall layup with under a minute left made it a 75-71 game, but North
Carolina was able to hit its free throws the rest of the way for the win.
UNC has won four of the five games against UNLV ... UNLV hosts Chicago State
on Thursday ... North Carolina has off until next Sunday when it will play in
Virginia ... North Carolina shot 50.9 percent while UNLV hit 45.8 percent of
12/29 22:36:05 ET