NCAAB Game Recap - Ohio State at North Carolina
Wed Dec 4, 2019 9:30 PM EST

ND
51
MD
72
F
UVA
40
Purd
69
F
OhSt
74
UNC
49
F
TXSo
62
Gonz
101
F
LoyMa
64
Colora
76
F
FlaAM
43
Tenn
72
F
E WA
80
Wash
90
F
Penn
69
Vill
80
F
UtSt
71
SJSU
59
F
IUPUI
51
MorSt
56
F
SacHr
89
UMassL
86
F
Leh
69
StFPA
77
F
SCar
84
UMass
80
F
Boston
63
GrgWas
64
F
W IL
86
Evans
90
F
VMI
58
Duques
71
F
Colg
82
Bingha
74
F
E IL
69
IPFW
74
F
RobM
70
YSU
81
F
WIGB
71
Xav
84
F
JMU
71
Radf
94
F
(N/A)
51
Ohio
90
F
Maine
63
NE
78
F
Longw
41
NCAT
52
F
(N/A)
37
UNH
91
F
KennSt
54
UNCG
72
F
Tows
76
Morg
59
F
Akr
85
Marsh
73
F
NCC
59
UGA
95
F
Canis
59
FlAtl
62
F
FlGlf
53
FlInt
71
F
LoyMD
84
DelSt
76
F
ETSU
96
Citad
84
F
Iona
62
UConn
80
F
(N/A)
79
CoCar
114
F
Toled
80
Clev
65
F
(N/A)
55
Brown
82
F
Nebras
56
GaTec
73
F
Yale
61
Albany
52
F
Princ
76
Drex
82
F
NJIT
65
Army
75
F
PaulQ
69
Gram
79
F
ArkPB
39
Tuls
72
F
GTown
81
OkSt
74
F
UMKC
61
IaSt
79
F
BYU
95
Utah
102
F(OT)
UCDav
85
NoAZ
66
F
Norf
59
SIU
76
F
(N/A)
63
ULMo
86
F
TxSt
60
Hou
68
F
N AL
63
Troy
71
F
TxTch
60
DeP
65
F(OT)
Tul
61
SoMis
56
F
NNMU
47
N CO
92
F
Jacksn
56
Marq
75
F
Web
72
UtVal
67
F
AF
86
Wyo
77
F
Bois
78
NM
80
F
SDSU
79
ColSt
57
F
ChiSt
89
SIU-E
81
F
Wisc
54
NCSU
69
F
Wake
54
PSU
76
F
UCRiv
67
CBap
79
F
CSNor
71
Portl
64
F
CS-Ful
59
Pacif
62
F
SCla
67
Nev
98
F
WaSt
78
Ida
65
F
UNLV
81
Fres
80
F(2OT)
Cal
64
USF
76
F

Dec 4, 2019, 9:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

(6) Ohio State (8-0)

29

45

74

(7) North Carolina (6-2)

27

22

49

No. 6 Ohio State beats No. 7 North Carolina 74-49
Thu Dec 5, 2019 1:05 AM

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Sixth-ranked Ohio State spent the last 15 minutes of Wednesday night's trip to seventh-ranked North Carolina knocking down shots, making the Tar Heels work for every look and ultimately driving the blue-clad home fans toward the exits well before the final horn.

The result was a second attention-grabbing blowout by the Buckeyes against a ranked opponent, this one handing Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams his most lopsided home loss at UNC.

Duane Washington Jr. had 18 points and Ohio State shot 54% after halftime to beat North Carolina 74-49 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. It came roughly three weeks after the Buckeyes routed then-No. 10 Villanova by 25 points during an unbeaten start.

"I'll be interested to see how this plays out when we continue to play similar competition over a longer stretch," Buckeyes coach Chris Holtmann said. "I think that's the real test of your group and how committed you are on that end. But certainly we've had a good start with some teams for sure."

E.J. Liddell added 12 points for the Buckeyes (8-0), who led just 29-27 at halftime. But Ohio State's offense got going while the defense continued making things difficult on the Tar Heels (6-2) just as in the first 20 minutes.

"It's been the same approach all year: attention to details, play really, really hard, be the more tougher team," Washington said. "We came out and had a chip on our shoulder as we always do and we fought, fought hard."

Ohio State outscored UNC 35-13 over the final 15 1/2 minutes to break the game open. The lead steadily grew until the Buckeyes had surpassed last January's 83-62 win by Louisville here that stood as the Tar Heels' worst in the Smith Center under Williams - who told reporters: "I have no answers, as evident from what you watched."

"I looked up in the stands and saw people leaving with 4, 5, 6 minutes to go in the game," Williams said, "and I didn't blame them."

Cole Anthony scored 15 points to lead the Tar Heels, though he had to leave briefly during the first half when he sustained a cut near his hairline while being fouled, leaving blood running down the center of his forehead. North Carolina shot just 27.4% and played much of the way without freshman big man Armando Bacot, who exited in the first half with a left ankle injury.

BIG PICTURE

Ohio State: The Buckeyes have been dominant since a 64-56 win against Cincinnati to open the season. They had won their past six games by 19 or more points., and they arrived ranked second nationally in KenPom's adjusted defensive efficiency by allowing 84.6 points per 100 possessions. Overall, opponents had shot 32.9% on the season for the third-best defensive average in the country - and this performance will only help.

UNC: The Tar Heels are in the midst of a brutally tough stretch of the schedule. They lost to now-No. 4 Michigan in the Battle 4 Atlantis before holding off No. 13 Oregon in their best performance of the season for third place, then returned home for this top-10 matchup. Now they've scored fewer than 80 points in each of their first eight games for the first time since the 1949-50 season.

MEMORABLE

The Tar Heels were handed their second-worst loss in the Smith Center since moving here in January 1986, trailing only a 29-point defeat against Duke in 2002. It was also the lowest shooting percentage UNC had managed in the arena named for late Hall of Famer Dean Smith.

"It's a great history here," Liddell said. "It's a legendary court right there that we just played on."

POINT OF EMPHASIS

Washington said the Buckeyes were focused on keeping North Carolina off the offensive glass considering the Tar Heels came in second nationally in rebounding margin. The Buckeyes claimed a 48-32 rebounding advantage. And while the teams battled to a draw on the offensive glass, Ohio State finished with a 16-8 edge in second-chance points.

BACOT'S INJURY

The 6-foot-10 Bacot was coming off a dominant performance against Oregon with 23 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks. But he crumpled to the court after a tip-in at the 12:48 mark, writhing in pain before being helped off by two teammates while putting no weight on his injured ankle.

"It was swollen by the time he got to the locker room," Williams said. "My guess is he'll be out a while."

UP NEXT

Ohio State: The Buckeyes host Penn State on Saturday in their Big Ten opener.

UNC: The Tar Heels visit No. 5 Virginia on Sunday. The defending national champions got blown out Wednesday night at Purdue.

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Leaders

Ohio State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
D. Hummer 0 0 0 0 0 0
H. Hookfin 0 0 0 1 0 0
North Carolina PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
R. O'Han 0 0 0 0 1 0
S. Rush 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

OhSt UNC
Points For 74 49
Field Goals 26/56-46% 17/62-27%
Three Pointers 10/26-38% 7/23-30%
Free Throws 12/15-80% 8/13-62%
Offensive Rebounds 13 13
Defensive Rebounds 35 19
Rebounds 52 38
Blocks 4 5
Steals 5 6
Turnovers 15 10
Personal Fouls 18 15
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Dec 4 OhSt 74 @ UNC 49 L. Muhammad 2 A. Platek 1

Game Information

Stadium: Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Attendance: 21,115
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