Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Rapid Reaction: UNC 87, Wake Forest 62
By Robbi Pickeral
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Another road game, another struggle for Wake Forest, which has yet to win a conference test away from home. North Carolina, meanwhile, now has won six of its past seven games. A quick look at the Tar Heels’ 87-62 blowout victory over the Demon Deacons at the Smith Center on Tuesday night:
Turning point: With 5 minutes, 54 seconds left in the first half, Arnaud Adala Moto converted a three-point play to cut Wake Forest’s deficit to 32-26. But it was the last field goal the Deacons scored before halftime, as the Tar Heels broke away with a 15-1 run that included seven points from Reggie Bullock and four from P.J. Hairston (back after sitting out Saturday’s victory against Virginia Tech because of a concussion).
That gave UNC a 47-27 lead at the break, as the Tar Heels outscored the Deacons 18-3 off turnovers alone, and point guard Marcus Paige grabbed a career-high six rebounds in the first 20 minutes. And the game only grew more lopsided in the second half.
Key player(s): Sophomore forward James Michael McAdoo had 20 points and Bullock scored 23, the first time all season that duo has each recorded 20 or more points in the same game. ... Moto finished with 13 points for Wake.
Noteworthy number(s): In its past three ACC road games, Wake Forest has trailed by 20, 17 and 30 in the first half. The Deacons shot just 39.1 percent in the first half and committed 13 turnovers. ... UNC's point total was a season high in ACC play this season; 12 Tar Heels scored.
Etc.: Hairston, considered doubtful to play because of flu-like symptoms Monday, checked in to a loud cheer from the crowd with 14:58 left in the first half. He finished with 11 points.
What’s next: The Tar Heels play at No. 8 Miami on Saturday; Wake hosts Florida State the same day.