Tar Heel alumnus from 1987, the late Stuart Scott honored by the Dean Dome faithful prior to the game
Nice, classy touch by the fans holding “STU” cards and the players (along with Coach Roy Williams) sporting “STU” patches on their jerseys.
Notre Dame used a ferocious attack in the paint, where 65 of their 71 points came from their half-court sets. They were 10 of 22 from three-point range, but only six points came from transition baskets.
Even with Marcus Paige looking to do his best James Worthy impersonation (circa 1982), North Carolina clawed their way back from a nine point deficit midway through the second half to take a brief 70-69 lead with 71 seconds remaining. But with star scorer Jerian Grant picking up his fifth foul with over two minutes to play, it was the offensive rebounding by the Irish that proved to be the difference.
With Notre Dame leading 71-70 and time running down, it was again Paige being called upon to make the last shot, ala Michael Jordan. The shot rimmed out, and the Irish earned their first ever win at Chapel Hill. Going into the game, North Carolina was 13-5 all-time including winning the prior five contests.
This was the 11th straight win for Mike Brey’s crew, and this game should really help in bolstering their tournament resume big time entering the rest of their rugged ACC schedule.
Elsewhere on this first Monday night of 2015…
West Virginia blasted Texas Tech on the road, and Oklahoma used a great defensive effort to hold off Texas. So, stock up as well to the Sooners.
Again, the bigger the upsets–they will be posted in this blog for all to read.
Have a good night, and please try your best to stay warm for most of the country–as the polar vortex makes a return appearance, but hopefully not as ugly or as fearful as it was for most people living in the Midwest during the first three months of 2014.