4:00 PM ET, November 15, 2009
Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Thompson's big second half boosts UNC to third double-digit victory
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Roy Williams had promised there would be times when his North Carolina team looked ready to make a serious run at defending the national championship.And then there would be days like Sunday, when the Tar Heels (No. 4 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6 AP) commit "silly" turnovers, don't put opponents away and lack intensity.It's why Williams was so irked by the time the Tar Heels had finished a tougher-than-it-should've-been 88-77 win over Valparaiso. He saw his team blow much of a 24-point second-half lead and look a little shaky after a promising start to the season. And with his team preparing for a tough stretch which begins with a trip to New York to play Ohio State (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today, No. 16 AP) on Thursday in the 2K Sports Classic, Williams wasn't shy in letting his team know it has to play much better.
• Deon Thompson led the way for the Tar Heels with 20 points. He has scored 20 points in two of three games this season after posting just two in his career entering the year.
• UNC has won 43 straight regular season games out of conference.
• UNC led by just seven points at the half vs. Valparaiso; they never led by fewer than eight points at halftime of a non-conference game last season, NCAA tournament included.
• Valpo has lost 27 straight against AP top 25 teams.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||29-67 (.433)||32-57 (.561)|
|3P Made-Attempted||12-27 (.444)||6-15 (.400)|
|FT Made-Attempted||7-10 (.700)||18-29 (.621)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||23 (0/0)||15 (0/0)|
|» Nov 15, 2009||@UNC 88, VALP 77||Recap|