UNC-NC State Postgame Notes
Release: 02/27/2014

Postgame Notes

North Carolina 85, NC State 84 (OT)

February 26, 2014

  • • Carolina is now 21-7 overall, 11-4 in the ACC and 5-4 on the road.
  • • This was Carolina's 150thwin against NC State (against 76 losses). UNC has won 16 of the last 17 and 22 of the last 24 meetings.
  • • The Tar Heels are now 11-4 against NC State in PNC Arena.
  • • This was the first time a UNC-NC State game was decided by a single point since a 45-44 Carolina victory in Reynolds Coliseum on Feb. 12, 1997.
  • • Roy Williams is now 27-2 as a head coach against NC State, including 22-2 at UNC.
  • • Carolina has won 10 games in a row, its longest streak since a 10-game streak in 2009. The last time UNC won more than 10 in a row was November-December 2008, when it won 13 in a row to begin the season. Carolina went 8-0 in the month of February, the fifth time in the last 50 years the Tar Heels went undefeated in February (also 1965, 1976, 1977 and 1997).
  • • The Tar Heels have won each of the last three games in which they trailed at halftime. UNC entered the Florida State game on Feb. 17thwith an 0-7 record when trailing at the half. UNC trailed FSU by three at the half and won by six; trailed Duke by seven at the half and won by eight; and trailed the Wolfpack by eight at the half and won by one in overtime. In each of those three games, UNC's opponents led by double figures at some point in the game (FSU by 15, Duke by 11 and NC State by 11).
  • • The Tar Heels are now 2-0 in overtime games this year (also beat Davidson on Dec. 21, 2013). Carolina has won six straight overtime games, which equals the second-longest streak in school history.
  • • Carolina shot 50 percent in the second half (15 of 30) and 50 percent in overtime (5 of 10) from the floor. That is the ninth time in the last 12 games that the Tar Heels shot 50 percent or better from the floor in the second half.
  • • The Tar Heels committed just one turnover over the final 25 minutes, and that came on UNC's initial possession in the second half. UNC had committed 11 turnovers in the first half.
  • • Sophomore guard Marcus Paige scored a career-high 35 points. He made a career-high 11 field goals (in 21 attempts), a career-high seven threes in 11 attempts and went 6 for 8 from the free throw line.
  • • Paige scored 31 points after halftime. He scored four points in the first half, 21 in the second half and 10 in overtime, including a layup with 0.9 seconds to play to give Carolina the victory.
  • • This is the second time this year that Paige scored in double figures in a five-minute overtime period. He had 11 points in OT against Davidson.
  • • Paige's 35 points are the most by a Tar Heel since Harrison Barnes scored 40 against Clemson on March 12, 2011.
  • • Paige's 35 points are the third-most by a Tar Heel against NC State. Bob Lewis had 36 on Feb. 14, 1967, and Antawn Jamison had 36 on Jan. 21, 1998. Lewis, Jamison and Paige each accomplished those scoring totals in Raleigh (Lewis and Jamison at Reynolds Coliseum and Paige at PNC Arena).
  • • Paige's seven three-pointers are a career-high and the most by a Tar Heel since Will Graves had seven against Dayton in Madison Square Garden in the 2010 NIT final.
  • • Paige hit five three-pointers in the second half and two more in overtime. The last player to make seven threes after halftime was Wayne Ellington, who hit seven threes in the second half against Miami on Jan. 17, 2009.
  • Paige has scored 30 plus points twice this season - 32 against Louisville and 35 at NC State - and 20 or more points nine times. The last Tar Heel to score 30 or more points twice in a season was Tyler Zeller who had 31 against Appalachian State and 30 vs. Maryland in 2011-12.
  • The last Tar Heel to hit a game-winner with a second or less to play was Tyler Zeller, who scored with no time remaining to beat Miami, 61-59, on March 11, 2011, in the ACC Tournament.
  • • The NC State game marked the 12thtime this season that Paige has scored four points or fewer in the first half and double digits in the second half. It was the 16thtime in 28 games he scored in single digits in the first and double digits in the second. In ACC play this year, Paige is averaging 11.6 points in the second half.
  • • Paige scored 21 in the second half. He also scored 21 in the second half against Kentucky on Dec. 14, 2013.
  • • Sophomore forward J.P. Tokoto had 16 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. The 16 points are a personal best in ACC play (previous was 14 against Boston College). It was his third double-double of the season and the seventh time he handed out five or more assists.
  • • Tokoto has 28 assists in his last seven games, an average of 4.0 per contest. He was 7 for 11 from the floor against NC State and is 27 for 50 from the floor in the last six games (.540).
  • • Kennedy Meeks scored eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds. It was the fourth time his year he had at least 10 rebounds (second time against NC State).
  • • Brice Johnson scored 10 points. It was the seventh time in the last eight games that Johnson has scored in double figures.
  • • The win was the 721st for head coach Roy Williams. He is 20thall-time in NCAA history. DePaul's Ray Meyer is 19thwith 724.
  • • Williams is now 57-31 in ACC road games, a percentage of .648 that is second-best in ACC history. The Tar Heels are 4-3 in ACC road games this year with two to play.
  • • NC State's T.J. Warren scored 36 points on 13 of 25 shooting from the floor. That's one point off the record for points by a Wolfpack player against UNC. Rodney Monroe had 37 on Feb. 6, 1991.

  • • Warren matched the most points by an opponent this year. Louisville's Russ Smith also had 36. Warren's 13 field goals are the most in any game this year by an opponent. Smith and Davidson's Brian Sullivan each had made 11.

  • • NC State blocked 10 shots, the most by an opponent this season.

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