UNC Basketball: Tar Heels blown out by Buckeyes at home

UNC basketball program falls to Ohio State at home behind terrible offensive performance in Big 10 / ACC Challenge

Duane Washington, Jr. led all scorers with 18 points, and No. 6 Ohio State beat seventh-ranked North Carolina in Chapel Hill by a final score of 74-49.

Washington hit 6-of-15 shots and 4-of-8 from three-point range, and committed just one turnover for the game. Freshman forward E.J. Liddell scored 12 points off the bench, while CJ Walker and Kaleb Wesson added 10 points a piece for the Buckeyes, who moved to 8-0 on the season.

The Buckeyes hit 46.4 percent of their shots from the floor, and 38.5 percent of their three-point attempts. They knocked down 12 of their 15 free throw attempts, and outrebounded the Tar Heels by 16.

North Carolina freshman point guard Cole Anthony was the only Tar Heel to score in double-figures for the game. His team-high 15 points came on an awful 4-for-15 shooting performance. He did hit 4-of-8 from three-point range, and 3-of-4 from the free throw line. He had just two rebounds and three assists to three turnovers.

UNC freshman center Armando Bacot went out early in the first half with an ankle injury, and the Tar Heels struggled mightily in his absence. Without Bacot, North Carolina had one less scoring option and much less of a post presence to defend against the Buckeyes’ front court.

The Tar Heels shot a putrid 27.4 percent for the game, including a 7-for-23 mark from beyond the arc, and 8-of-13 from the free throw line. Despite trailing by just two points at halftime, the Tar Heels were only able to muster an additional 22 points after the intermission, while giving up 45 to the Buckeyes.

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North Carolina will now prepare to play at No. 5 Virginia on Sunday afternoon. Stick with Keeping It Heel for all the latest on the UNC basketball program.