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Lucas: Charleston Rapid Reactions – University of North Carolina Athletics

By Adam Lucas

1. After a greatly improved second half, Carolina won a game very similar to last year’s game against the College of Charleston, 102-86.

2. After registering a first half with a point and a rebound, Armando Bacot was another player in the last 20 minutes. He finished with 28 points and six rebounds. Hubert Davis opened the second half by going straight to Bacot at the post office. That seemed to put him on the right track and he was a dominant force in the second half. Carolina beat Charleston 59-36 in the second half, shooting 19-to-21 from two-point range.

3. Carolina shot almost 70 percent in the second half as they did almost everything better than they did in the first half. Carolina threw up eight assists on 17 field goals in the second half as the offense looked more in sync than it has ever been this season.

4. Some big posts from the bench on Friday night. That was overwritten from a breakthrough defense Seth Trimble, who was part of a key sequence midway through the second half when he drew an offensive foul and frustrated Charleston’s Jaylon Scott. As remarkable as Trimble’s defense was Tyler Nickels Offense; The freshman is almost always trying to score points and has a knack for goals that you’d expect from Virginia’s all-time leading scorer. The banker’s bet was necessary because the Cougars’ banker scored 53 of their points.

5. Charleston’s Dalton Bolon got hot in the first half, scoring 12 points and celebrating by holstering an imaginary pistol. Unfortunately, this caught the attention of the tar heel defense as well. With Tasty black transferred to Bolon after five minutes of the first half, he scored four points for the rest of the game. Black also provided an offensive spark, hitting a pair of threes and going off the field six-for-six on his way to 15 points.

6. A searing end to the first half for the Cougars left the Heels seven points at halftime. Charleston made 17 of their last 24 field goal attempts, a clip of nearly 71 percent. They also dominated points in the color in that half and held a 24-16 advantage. That was partly because Armando Bacot and Peter Nance went a combined 1-for-4 as the Tar Heels struggled to get things going on the interior.

7. That was part of a first half in which the visitors made ten more field goal attempts than Carolina, scored a whopping 50 points, and Carolina shot 50% from the field but trailed by seven. You don’t see that often.

9. The game was the first example of a rule change this year. Instead of the first example of a flop being a warning, the first instance this season is a technical foul. Charleston was hit with one in the first half, allowing the Tar Heels to level the score.

10. At halftime, the program honored Lennie Rosenbluth, who passed away this summer. Most of Rosenbluth’s family was in attendance, plus fellow starters Tom Kearns and Joe Quigg, 1957 national champions. Also in the audience was women’s soccer legend Mia Hamm.

11. The Tar Heels played sans again Puff Johnsonwho is working his way back from a knee injury.

12. A second consecutive great Smith Center crowd against a non-marquee opponent. The crowd was consistently loud and into the game, led by a rowdy student section who arrived early and were impressive. They were rewarded with Bacot slamming the biscuit shot home with 25 seconds remaining to push Carolina past the century mark.

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