On This Date In Carolina Basketball
February 28, 1990
Carolina--81 Georgia Tech-79
by Rick Brewer, SID Emeritus
Rick Fox hit two free throws with four seconds to play, giving North Carolina an 81-79 win over 11th-ranked Georgia Tech at the Smith Center.
Yellow Jacket guard Kenny Anderson had tied the game with a pair of free throws with seven seconds remaining. The Tar Heels took a timeout after a quick pass to midcourt. Fox was then fouled as he drove the baseline on the last Carolina play.
Tech was unable to get off a final shot after an errant pass pulled Brian Oliver out of bounds.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak and improved the Tar Heel record to 18-11 overall and 7-6 in ACC play. Tech fell to 20-6 and 7-6 in the league standings.
Scott Williams, playing his final home game, was the big offensive star for Carolina. He made 10 of 11 field goal attempts and finished with 26 points. Fox had 16 and Kevin Madden added 10.
Tech led throughout the first half with Carolina only managing three ties. The Tar Heels scored six points in the final 58 seconds for a 44-44 halftime score. King Rice fed Madden for a layup with two seconds on the clock to tie the game.
Dennis Scott scored 24 points in the first 20 minutes, hitting five of eight three-pointers. He finished with 33.
Carolina opened the second half by outscoring the Yellow Jackets 16-3. That gave the Tar Heels a 13-point lead (60-47) with 14:45 in the game. Tech began a comeback behind Scott and Oliver, finally tying the game on a three-pointer by Oliver.
Williams crashed to the floor with 13 minutes to play and did not return until the 6:15 mark. It was during this stretch that the Yellow Jackets began chipping into the UNC lead.
"His shoulder went out," explained Dean Smith. "It had to be iced down before he could get back in the game."
Carolina shot 60.4 percent from the floor, including a 68.2 mark in the second half. The Jackets, meanwhile, hit only 41.7 percent of their shots and just 32.4 percent in the final 20 minutes.
"It would have been nice to have held on to our lead, but give Georgia Tech credit for coming back," said Smith. "It may have even been better to win a close one. It has to help us to win like that.
"I thought we were a little tight early. But, I was really impressed with our offense. It seemed like we scored every time down in the second half."
Oliver trailed Scott in the Tech scoring with 19. Anderson scored 16 and handed out 12 assists.