By Hunter Bailey. November 2, 2018. CHAPEL HILL, NC – Sophomore big man Garrison Brooks led the way for the Tar Heels with 16 points and 16 rebounds in Carolina’s last tune-up before regular season action begins.
What was a 14-13 Tar Heel lead through seven minutes of play turned into a 54-29 Carolina advantage heading into halftime. Rust was evident for the Heels Friday night, as they gave the ball away 22 times in the inaugural game on the newly renamed Roy Williams Court.
Freshman Coby White got the start for North Carolina at the PG position and brought home 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in his debut. White’s speed was on full display, pushing the ball coast to coast with ease. Nassir Little’s debut was highlighted by a two-handed slam off the feed from fellow freshman Rechon “Leaky” Black. Little finished the night with 11 points on 5-7 shooting and 3 blocks. Leaky Black’s multi-faceted game brought a spark to the Heels rotation, dishing out 4 assists and swiping 4 steals. The freshman trio of a “Little Black and White” showed signs of their production capabilities, and the six-time national champions will need it to replace the voids left by Joel Berry and Theo Pinson.
Junior guard Cameron Robinson led Mount Olive with 12 points but shot only 5-14 from the field.
Kenny Williams finished the night with 15 points and hit North Carolina’s first 3 of the game four minutes into the second half. Carolina struggled from deep, finishing just 3-13 from downtown.
Luke Maye had a rather quiet night, finishing with 8 points and 5 boards. Maye received pre-season All-American honors earlier this week and was named the pre-season ACC Player of the Year.
The Tar Heels eclipsed the 100-point mark on two Coby White free throws, leading to a roar from the crowd, referencing to the “free biscuits” tradition in Chapel Hill.
North Carolina outrebounded Mount Olive 69-36 and assisted on 26 of their 41 made baskets.
“I was extremely disappointed with 26 assists and 22 turnovers. That’s one of the three things we’ve been emphasizing more than anything else this preseason, is not turning the ball over so we’ve got to do a better job there,” Roy Williams said after the game. “I’d say that we didn’t take many bad shots was probably the best [thing we accomplished]. We didn’t move very well but still 41-80 (from the floor), 3-13 (from three), I really believe we are going to be a really good shooting team. We just didn’t show it tonight.”
Mount Olive heads to Wilson, NC to take on Augusta University in the Barton College 45 Second Classic on November 9th.
North Carolina travels to Spartanburg, SC to take on Wofford. The Terriers stunned Carolina on their home court last season, 79-75.
Side Note: North Carolina is playing host to two top-tier recruits this weekend, #3 overall player in the 2019 class Vernon Carey, Jr. and #33 Keion Brooks. With Clemson football transfer Kelly Bryant on campus as well, the stars are out in Chapel Hill.