GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

North Carolina 79, Charleston 60

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Freshman guard Caleb Love scored 17 points and UNC ran off 17 straight second-half points to beat College of Charleston 79-60.

Fellow rookie Day'Ron Sharpe added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Tar Heels, who won at home amid an unusual backdrop. There were only a handful of family members and staffers scattered throughout a few sections in the 21,750-seat Smith Center, which pumped in background crowd noise.

The Tar Heels are coming off a 14-19 season, marking the first losing record of Williams' Hall of Fame career. They're hoping for a quick turnaround with a deep frontcourt and a roster boosted by the arrival of 247sports' No. 2-ranked recruiting class.

Those freshmen played a key role, with Love, Sharpe and RJ Davis scoring the first 12 points of the 17-0 run that turned a one-point deficit into a 59-43 lead on Armando Bacot's three-point play with about 10 minutes to go.

Brevin Galloway scored 15 points to lead College of Charleston, which overcame an 0-for-11 shooting start that left the Cougars down 14 in the first half. But they got within 39-32 by halftime, then took a 43-42 lead on Dontavius King's corner 3-pointer at the 15-minute mark before UNC made its move.


Associated Press

November 25, 2020