NCAAB Game Recap - Gardner-Webb at North Carolina
Fri Nov 15, 2019 9:00 PM EST

GASt
63
Duke
74
F
Monm
57
Kansas
112
F
GWebb
61
UNC
77
F
Gonz
79
TexAM
49
F
NCAT
54
UtSt
81
F
MOSt
56
Xav
59
F
CSNor
70
Aub
116
F
TxSt
63
Baylor
72
F
(N/A)
66
BGSU
88
F
Ida
68
VMI
67
F
(N/A)
51
CSBak
91
F
How
65
RobM
85
F
Dart
55
(N/A)
46
F
MTSt
59
App
56
F
(N/A)
69
Hof
111
F
TexPA
70
NDSt
76
F
S Wes
61
Furm
83
F
(N/A)
42
BethC
100
F
Jacksn
80
UMassL
78
F
Marsh
64
ND
74
F
TNTec
30
UNCG
64
F
Lipsco
36
Duques
58
F
Copp
69
NIU
81
F
W MI
58
Miss
85
F
LynSt
67
Bry
116
F
(N/A)
53
Longw
78
F
Hamp
65
W&M
78
F
SthAL
72
Chat
90
F
Clev
63
SCar
90
F
WVU
68
Pitt
53
F
Elon
50
Mich
70
F
DelSt
66
UGA
100
F
Radf
73
GaSo
76
F
WCU
74
FlaSt
79
F
W Ky
79
E KY
71
F
NCC
47
Akr
57
F
Alab
79
URI
93
F
FlGlf
68
Mercer
84
F
TXSo
69
SDak
88
F
(N/A)
32
NoAZ
105
F
UMKC
52
WIMil
61
F
PVAM
56
Tex
70
F
YSU
61
ULLa
73
F
MtStM
61
Lamar
76
F
Oral
74
Iowa
87
F
UtVal
66
UAB
55
F
UCDav
67
ArkSt
80
F
Stony
68
TXAMC
63
F
BYU
72
Hou
71
F
Minn
69
Utah
73
F
(N/A)
57
UTEP
71
F
UCIrv
69
Bois
60
F
SDSt
73
Nebras
90
F
(N/A)
45
CAPoly
89
F
CBap
62
Cal
82
F
UCRiv
49
Sac
62
F
UNLV
54
UCLA
71
F
PorSt
75
HI
83
F

Nov 15, 2019, 9:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Gardner-Webb (0-3)

27

34

61

(6) North Carolina (3-0)

30

47

77

Anthony, No. 6 North Carolina beat Gardner-Webb 77-61
Sat Nov 16, 2019 12:28 AM

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Cole Anthony keeps scoring at a rate never before seen by a North Carolina freshman.

As for the rest of the offense, well, the sixth-ranked Tar Heels are working on that part.

Anthony scored 28 points to help UNC beat Gardner-Webb 77-61 on Friday night, though the game again offered uncertainty when it comes to who is capable of consistently stepping into the role of Anthony's wingman.

"You're not going to know who's going to come get you 15 or 20 points that game," Anthony said. "Honestly I like it like that."

Anthony, who had 34 points in the season-opening win against Notre Dame for an Atlantic Coast Conference record for a freshman debut, now has 82 points through his first three games - blowing past Rashad McCants' previous mark by 19 points.

He's also the first UNC freshman to score at least 20 points in each of those first three games.

On this night, the No. 2 producer was fellow freshman Armando Bacot inside with his first double-double (12 points and 11 rebounds). No other player scored in double figures and UNC (3-0) has had just two other players (Garrison Brooks and graduate transfer Justin Pierce) to score at least 10 in a game so far.

Still, Pierce pointed to balance that included season highs of nine points for fellow graduate transfer Christian Keeling and Andrew Platek, along with eight for himself.

"We're a talented group and I don't think there's going to be a clear-cut No. 2 option, No. 3 option, No. 4 option, just because of the way each game flows," Pierce said.

Jose Perez scored 12 points for Gardner-Webb (0-3), which shot 37% and made 5 of 23 3-pointers.

"I thought our mindset and our fight and our will to do the things we needed to defensively was there tonight, and that was great for us against a good team on the road," Gardner-Webb coach Tim Craft said. "We just offensively struggled."

BIG PICTURE

Gardner-Webb: The Runnin' Bulldogs tenaciously hung in this one, staying within four points through the first half and then responding to the Tar Heels' halftime-spanning run by getting to the foul line to keep the game from getting away. The problem is their own offensive troubles from the first two games (40.3% shooting) followed them to Chapel Hill and showed up when they were flirting with putting some pressure on the Tar Heels.

"We fought back," Craft said. "Man, we had chances late. If we could've just got a shot or two to go down."

UNC: The Tar Heels were coming out of a weeklong break since winning at UNC Wilmington in a game that left coach Roy Williams to lament: "We're not a very good basketball team if we've only got three guys that can make a shot." Things weren't significantly better for stretches of Friday night, either, though they shot 50% after halftime to build a double-digit lead after leading just 30-27 at the break. The good news is help could come soon in the form of senior Brandon Robinson, who got in some warmup work as he nears his debut from a preseason ankle injury.

ROOKIE MISTAKES

The 6-foot-10 Bacot made 6 of 9 shots but also had three turnovers. He had the ball stripped away multiple times inside when he brought it down toward his waist with shorter defenders lurking to Williams' chagrin.

"It was just more like a way to power it up, kind of load up," Bacot said. "But against those type of teams, I don't really need to do that. I can just keep the ball high and finish it."

MORE ON ANTHONY

Anthony hit a huge 3-pointer over Nate Johnson to beat the shot clock at the 5:48 mark to put UNC up 10, one of several sequences that helped the Tar Heels keep the Runnin' Bulldogs at arm's distance. He also made 11 of 13 free throws.

But he had just one rebound after becoming the only freshman in program history to go for at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in consecutive games.

UP NEXT

Gardner-Webb: The Runnin' Bulldogs visit Wichita State on Tuesday.

UNC: The Tar Heels host Elon on Wednesday.

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Leaders

Gardner-Webb PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
L. Terry 0 0 1 0 1 0
J. Perez 12 0 5 5 1 0
North Carolina PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
R. O'Han 0 0 0 0 0 0
R. McAdoo 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

GWebb UNC
Points For 61 77
Field Goals 21/57-37% 26/57-46%
Three Pointers 5/23-22% 6/18-33%
Free Throws 14/18-78% 19/25-76%
Offensive Rebounds 5 12
Defensive Rebounds 18 32
Rebounds 27 49
Blocks 2 5
Steals 9 9
Turnovers 13 16
Personal Fouls 18 17
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - UNC Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Fri Nov 15 GWebb 61 @ UNC 77 L. Dufeal 2 L. Black 2

Game Information

Stadium: Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Attendance: 20,374
Game Time: