North Carolina knew it would have to rely on Marcus Paige to develop the point this season. The freshman had a rough time in a matchup with one of the Atlantic Coast Conference's best point guards in a hostile arena.
Paige finished with seven points on 2-for-11 shooting while being outplayed by Lorenzo Brown in a 91-83 loss at No. 18 North Carolina State on Saturday night. Paige missed his first eight shots and didn't score until the Tar Heels started their frantic second-half comeback from a deficit that reached 28 points.
At one point, coach Roy Williams yanked Paige and put him on the bench alongside No. 2 ballhandler Dexter Strickland while third-stringer Luke Davis played early in the second half.
''He pulled me and Dexter for not sprinting back one or two times, and that was a big emphasis in the game,'' Paige said. ''So he was kind of sending us a message like, `Hey, you need to do what we're telling you to do. Do you job.' Stuff like that. It ended up working because we w...