Noel powers Tar Heels past Wolfpack
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) – David Noel had a career-best 25 points along
with 11 rebounds, while Reyshawn Terry added 20 points as 21st-ranked North
Carolina routed in-state rival North Carolina State 95-71 in Atlantic Coast
Conference action from the RBC Center.
Tyler Hansbrough contributed 17 points for the surging Tar Heels (18-6, 9-4
ACC) and Wes Miller hit 5-of-8 shots from beyond the arc in a 15-point effort.
North Carolina has now won seven of its last eight games and is 6-1 in ACC
play on the road. The Tar Heels also recorded their sixth consecutive win over
North Carolina State (21-6, 10-4) failed to show its usual marksmanship from
the perimeter and suffered only its second defeat in 17 games at the RBC
Center this season. The Wolfpack went just 6-of-25 from three-point range.
Engin Atsur and Andrew Brackman each finished with 16 points in the loss.
Behind a huge first half from Noel, the Tar Heels built a comfortable 46-34
lead at intermission. The senior forward poured in 18 points on 7-of-9
shooting and pulled down eight rebounds over the opening 20 minutes, while
pacing a 15-3 run that put the Tar Heels ahead to stay.
With North Carolina down 18-14, Marcus Ginyard hit a three-pointer with 10:52
left in the half to start the surge. Noel had eight points during the flurry,
which culminated in Hansbrough’s layup which put the Tar Heels up 29-21 with
6:37 remaining prior to the break.
The Wolfpack got as close as three points down shortly after, but Noel and
Miller each drained triples during a 10-0 spurt later on that extended UNC’s
advantage to 43-29 late in the half.
N.C. State closed within single digits after Cedric Simmons’ three-point play
with 13:40 left made the score 60-51, but the Tar Heels dominated the final 10
With North Carolina up by 10, Ginyard netted six points of an 8-0 run that
increased the Heels’ margin to 74-56 with eight minutes left. The Wolfpack
mustered just a single field goal over the final five minutes.
North Carolina defeated the Wolfpack 82-69 in Chapel Hill on January 7…The
Tar Heels came in as the lower ranked team for only the fourth time in the
last 74 meetings between the rivals…UNC finished with a 43-26 advantage on
the boards…The Wolfpack went 0-of-10 from three-point range in the second