by Gabriella Gaje
Chapel Hill - The Tar Heels continued their winning streak from last week by beating William Peace University, 74-72, on Saturday morning in the Smith Center.
The Tar Heels started out the first half with a strong lead; at one point the score was 22-9 in their favor. However, Peace was able to start closing the gap against the Tar Heels. Head coach C.B. McGrath said that Peace was able to get some good shots, which gave them some confidence.
"Our guys did not really fight back when Peace started playing harder, so they were able to close the gap and it continued to be close for the rest of the game. We also made some silly turnovers and struggled from the field. We won, but it was not our best game," Coach McGrath said.
Sophomore Brian Whalen and freshman Spenser Dalton both added 12 points each to the Tar Heel's total. Junior Learie Jones was the leading scorer, making 25 points, 11 rebounds and was 10-for-15 in shooting.
Learie said that the team was a bit frustrated in the beginning of the game because of some of the calls that were being made, but the team needed to see how things were going to get into the flow of the game.
"The 9 a.m. games are tough. We do not have as much energy. It's not even from less sleep; we don't get a chance to eat as much or hydrate as much. We have to put in more effort because of that, but it should never be an excuse for not playing well. We have another 9 a.m. game coming up, but next week we have a 4 p.m. game, so that should be a little bit better for us," Learie said.
The Tar Heels will go against Central Carolina Community College on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 4 p.m. in the Dean E. Smith Center.