North Carolina survives against Davidson

Nov 8, 2013; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels forwards Brice Johnson (11) and J.P. Tokoto (13) and Kennedy Meeks (3) celebrate in the second half. The Tar Heels defeated the Oakland Golden Grizzlies 84-61 at Dean E. Smith Student Activities Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 8, 2013; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels forwards Brice Johnson (11) and J.P. Tokoto (13) and Kennedy Meeks (3) celebrate in the second half. The Tar Heels defeated the Oakland Golden Grizzlies 84-61 at Dean E. Smith Student Activities Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Paige scored 11 points in overtime to lift the North Carolina Tar Heels over the Davidson Wildcats 97-85. Paige hit two free throws to send the game into overtime and carried the team from there with a clutch three and perfect foul shooting. JP Tokoto also had a career high 22 points in the victory. The Tar Heels are now 8-3 and have a break until after Christmas, when they play Northern Kentucky.

The game was back and forth throughout the entire regulation period, with Brian Sullivan carrying the Wildcats with 33 points and seven made three pointers. Sullivan also had a chance to win the game for Davidson with the clock running down, but his shot attempt missed and the game went into overtime.

In overtime, it was all Tar Heels. UNC outscored Davidson 18-6 in the game’s extra period and survived a massive scare. The Heels have two more games before ACC play, Northern Kentucky and UNC Wilmington on the last day of 2013.

The Heels shot 30-62 (48%) from the floor in the game and hit 3-6 (50%) of three pointers. JP Tokoto led the Heels in points and rebounds with 22 and 11, respectively. Finally, James Michael McAdoo stuffed the stat sheet with five assists and five steals, each team highs.

North Carolina found a way to win by finishing the game at the line. UNC shot 34-47 from the charity stripe, a great improvement over their free throw shooting performance against Texas. Also, points came from unexpected sources. Brice Johnston only had two points, so UNC leaned on Tokoto, McAdoo and at the end of the game Marcus Paige to bring home the win.

Topics: Dean Smith Center, North Carolina Tar Heels, Roy Williams

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