It was ugly, but it was a win. North Carolina moved to 2-0 on the young season with a win Friday Night against Holy Cross. Marcus Paige led the Heels in points with 23, and Kennedy Meeks paced the Heels with eight rebounds. After a slow start in the first half, UNC pulled away and won a game that was much closer than fans thought it would be.
Marcus Paige took over the game after halftime, scoring 16 points in the second half to propel the Heels to the victory. Sophomore Brice Johnston also contributed 12 points, a majority of which came in key moments of the second half, played well in the victory. Coach Roy Williams expressed little concern in his Heels after the game, and they have a short turnaround before taking the court against on Sunday.
The biggest player in the game had to be Paige, who really asserted himself as a leader and star on this team tonight. His points and leadership were an important part of this win. His young teammates in the backcourt, Natt Britt and Luke Davis, also played big minutes and contributed to the victory. JP Tokoto also played well with a better performance in the second half after a poor first half, and chipped in five assists.
Overall, a win is a win for the Heels. Expect North Carolina to come out with much more energy and fire on Sunday to try and avenge the poor performance tonight. UNC has to improve upon its .383 shooting percentage and .300 three point shooting percentage, but luckily Belmont will allow a great opportunity to do so.