Lucas: Gardner-Webb Rapid Reactions – University of North Carolina Athletics

By Adam Lucas

1. It wasn’t pretty, but Carolina did just enough to beat Gardner-Webb 72-66.

2. caleb love caught fire from halftime and provided the Tar Heels with a needed cushion. Love displayed his full arsenal of offensive moves, including a couple of three-pointers, a eurostep to the rim, a fadeaway baseline jumper, and a propelling mid-range bank shot on his way to a game-high 20 points.

3. Carolina’s color production and glass results remain a mystery. Tuesday night’s leading rebounder was…RJ Daviswho had finished by ten pushed aside Armando Bacots nine. Overall, the board fight was much closer than expected (40-38 in favor of Carolina). The Heels did a better job of keeping GWU off the offensive glass, allowing just eight offensive rebounds on 37 misses, a better percentage than on the evening.

4. Tasty black made the 100th start of his career on Tuesday evening. He has now played in 125 games as a tar heel. There are no official statistics on who tops the launched games category as launches have only been officially managed in the last 20 years. For comparison, Tyler Hansbrough started 141 games in his four years with Carolina. Black had seven points and four rebounds on Tuesday.

5. The first half is best summarized as follows: Peter Nance. Otherwise you haven’t missed much. The reliever hit five of his seven shots in the first 20 minutes and scored 16 points. That was a nice distraction from the fact that the rest of the team was 4v24. Nance finished at 18 before retiring.

6. The offense wasn’t pretty, but it’s a safe bet Hubert Davis took on the defensive with his team in the half-time break. Five of Gardner-Webb’s ten field goals scored in the first half were dunks, and they outplayed the Tar Heels in that first period by a whopping 18-4 in the paint. Both stats are unacceptable numbers in a non-conference game on Tuesday night where more formidable competition is on the horizon. The closing points in the paint record: 30-14, Gardner-Webb. The Heels will likely hear this number a few more times in practice for the remainder of this week.

7. Carolina hasn’t got the running game going yet either. They scored just two fastbreak points on Tuesday.

8. The Tar Heels had two poor possessions in a six-point game with five minutes remaining. One ended in a long one RJ Davis missed three, and the next ended in a long missed caleb love three. That led to one Hubert Davis Timed out for some replacements, though Peter Nance was called for a dubious loading foul.

9. Justin McCoy gave Carolina a nice energy in the second half – on a night when they needed it. McKoy went down for a loose ball in his first action of the season and also grabbed a rebound in his six minutes.

10. McKoy is part of a bank Davis wants more production from. The Bulldogs dominated the bench points category 14-2. Tar Heel’s only bank basket came from Seth Trimble late in the second half he added a free throw with 18 seconds remaining. It’s pretty clear that Carolina’s rotations aren’t set yet; Davis is still looking for someone to permanently squeeze into the rotation.

11. Love needs 14 points against James Madison on Sunday to become Carolina’s 80th all-time 1,000-point scorer. That’s more entries into this club than any program in college basketball.

12. Two positives: Carolina shared the ball better (eight assists from 23 baskets) than at this point in the season. And they also shot the ball marginally better from the three-point line and made eight, after sinking just seven combined in two games earlier in the year. The bad news was that those eight brands came on 25 tries (all but Nance were 5-for-20), which put them at 32 percent for the game. The Heels probably think they’re a better shooting team.