UNC Basketball: Joel Berry responds to Jose Alvarado’s step-over

UNC point guard Joel Berry responds to Jose Alvarado’s step-over from Saturday’s game

The North Carolina Tar Heels took down Georgia Tech on Saturday for their fourth-straight win in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

UNC struggled to start the game, turning it over and falling behind the Yellow Jackets.

But they turned things around late in the first half and took a 35-28 lead into halftime.

The Tar Heels held on after Georgia Tech made a run late to cut the lead down to just eight.

While UNC was holding off the Yellow Jackets in the second half, one of the storylines came on a play between the two team’s point guards.

UNC point guard Joel Berry drove to the basket and was fouled by freshman point guard Jose Alvarado. Following the play with Berry on the ground, Alvarado stepped over Berry.

The senior Berry didn’t like it and got up to exchange some words with Alvarado.

Alvarado was assessed a technical on the play and Berry shot free throws, essentially wrapping it up for UNC.

Following the game, Berry wasn’t happy with what Alvarado did and explained what happened.

Berry said he felt disrespected when Alvarado walked over him and he let him know, via Argyle Report’s C. Jackson Cowart:

As it happened, many reference Allen Iverson stepping over Tyronn Lue in the 2001 NBA Finals, a play that was a sign of disrespect.

Alvarado was booed every time he touched the ball following that play, eventually fouling out of the game.

UNC got the win, which is most important to Berry and the team. But we expect Alvarado will get some boo birds every time he walks into the Dean E. Smith Center.