UNC Basketball: Tar Heels blow another late lead, lose in double-overtime

The UNC basketball team loses its sixth consecutive conference game, and 10th in the last 13 overall.

Landers Nolley II scored a team-high 22 points, and Virginia Tech beat North Carolina by a final score of 81-79 in double-overtime on Wednesday night.

Nolley had a difficult 5-for-17 shooting performance, but did convert 10 of his 11 free throw attempts on the night. Freshman guard Jalen Cone added 18 points on six made three-pointers, and reserve guard Nahiem Alleyne scored 11 off the Hokies bench.

Virginia Tech shot just 36.9 percent for the game, but did knock down 14-of-37 three-point attempts and 17-of-21 free throws. The Hokies committed just nine turnovers on the game, and only lost the rebounding battle by four boards.

North Carolina was again led by junior forward Garrison Brooks, who scored a game-high 28 points on an 11-for-18 shooting performance. He recorded his sixth consecutive double-double, pulling down 13 rebounds, along with dishing out a team-high six assists. Justin Pierce scored 15 points and Leaky Black added 12. The two combined to hit 6-of-11 shots from long-range, and hauled in eight rebounds a piece.

The Tar Heels shot just under 44 percent for the game, and hit 7-of-22 three-pointers. They committed 13 turnovers, some more costly than others, and wound up on the losing side of their longest game this season. North Carolina held a lead for the better part of the game, including much of the first half, and the majority of the second half, before blowing it in the closing minutes of regulation.

The loss drops North Carolina to 8-10 on the season, and 1-6 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. They’re now sitting in last-place all by themselves in what is quickly becoming one of the worst seasons in North Carolina basketball history.

The Tar Heels will be back in action on Sunday afternoon when they face off with the Miami Hurricanes at the Dean Smith Center.

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