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Saturday afternoon, the North Carolina Tar Heels held off the Nevada-Las Vegas Runnin’ Rebels, 79-73, as they dominated the first 15 minutes of the game before surrendering the lead and then eventually pulling away late for the win. The following are five key ways that the Heels were decisive in the win.
1.) North Carolina scored 13 points off 11 UNLV turnovers in the first half; 18 off 17 turnovers for the game. UNLV was stagnant and not moving on offense early and it allowed the Tar Heels to set the pace for the game. P.J. Hairston nailed a three late in the first to give the Tar Heels a 34-20 margin.
“They beat us up last year,” noted UNC senior Dexter Strickland of The Rebels’ 90-80 victory in Las vegas last season, “We felt like we had a great chance to reverse that and I just think that we came out with energy and ready to play, we did what Coach wanted. Coach was hyped up about the game and so were we.”
2.) Vegas out-rebounded UNC, 38-33 for the game. The key was North Ca...
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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – On Friday, P.J. Hairston found out that he would get his first career start due to Reggie Bullock being sidelined with a mild concussion. On Saturday, the sophomore guard delivered arguably his best performance of the season in North Carolina’s 79-73 win over No. 20 UNLV.
P.J. Hairston scored 15 points in his first career start to help
North Carolina beat No. 20 UNLV 79-73 on Saturday.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- P.J. Hairston scored 15 points in his first career start to help North Carolina beat No. 20 UNLV 79-73 on Saturday.
Dexter Strickland added a season-high 16 points for the Tar Heels (10-3), who led by 15 points in the first half and by nine at the break. But UNC had to turn away a second-half surge by the Runnin' Rebels (11-2) to earn the program'...
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- The fifth day of Christmas featured five hustling Tar Heels, four first half baskets from Brice Johnson, three solid performances from reserve swing players in place of the injured Reggie Bullock, two stellar outings from the backcourt of Dexter Strickland and Marcus Paige, and one fired up Smith Center crowd.