Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Lake Highland graduate passes Michael Jordan during North Carolina's NCAA Tournament victory

Lake Highland graduate passes Michael Jordan during North Carolina's NCAA Tournament victory

He passed Michael Jordan's all-time scoring list for a career high of 1790 points.

UNC won its 12th NCAA game in 13 tries going back to the 2016 tournament that ended with a title-game loss to Villanova.

"Coach just told us that he needs bench people to come off and do big things, so we knew today that we needed to come out and play", Manley said. "He was saying stop being afraid".

The Tar Heels have failed to cover in two straight and five of the last eight. "They've done so much and I really hate for it to end like this for them". "And as you saw, once we got going, we got going".

Berry, who contributed 14 points, three assists and three steals, wasn't the only Tar Heel to start slowly.

"Building confidence and understanding that I have a gift and I could put pressure on the defense, especially playing at the 4 position", noted Pinson "I'm the trailing big so it gives me a little more room to operate and make plays for my teammates and myself".

The men crushed the defending National Champions, North Carolina in Charlotte.

"Coach is starting to play us more than he was at the beginning of the season, trying to play us together, see how we jell", Manley said. They have never advanced to the Elite Eight. "But I feel like we have the versatility to guard any position".

"The looks that we got were good looks".

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HOME COMFORT: The Tar Heels are 34-1 in NCAA games played in their home state.

The Tar Heels shot just 33 percent, including 6 of 31 (.194) on 3-pointers after entering the game shooting almost 37 percent from behind the arc.

"I think it's the most critical factor in the game, the way we play", Williams said. "So I've just got to get my effort to match up with my potential". Several times, United Kingdom fans made an appearance on the jumbotron at the Spectrum Center.

Plenty of former North Carolina players on hand, including Julius Peppers, Phil Ford, Al Wood, Jason Capel, Mitch Kupchak and Kendall Marshall.

Keeping with that trend, it's been a peculiar season in Chapel Hill.

This year's Tar Heels, in particular, who are markedly smaller and less experienced than in years past, will be at a disadvantage in Sunday's second round game.

AP Photo/Bob Leverone North Carolina's Kenny Williams (24) is fouled as he drives between Lipscomb's Kenny Cooper (21) and Matt Rose (12) on Friday. The Aggies and Tar Heels played to an epic double-overtime thriller in the 1980 NCAA Tournament. Senior Theo Pinson recorded a double-double, 15 points and 10 rebounds, in the opening round victory. "But to make it as far as we have, I wouldn't have thought we would have been this good". Furthermore, it was the first time in team history the Heels dropped a tournament game in the city of Charlotte in 13 games.

North Carolina faces Texas A&M and its rugged frontcourt in Sunday's second round, and potential clashes with MI and Xavier loom.

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