NCAAB Game Recap - Yale at North Carolina
Mon Dec 30, 2019 7:00 PM EST

Detr
72
Gonz
93
F
JackSt
57
Baylor
83
F
Tul
73
Mem
84
F
Xav
62
Vill
68
F
NFla
59
Dayt
77
F
Canis
79
Pitt
87
F
(N/A)
57
UMBC
89
F
Hof
75
Tows
67
F
Dart
56
UNH
70
F
Wilbe
52
MiaO
119
F
(N/A)
53
E MI
88
F
Stetsn
63
SCar
56
F
HuTil
77
PVAM
92
F
(N/A)
78
DelSt
76
F
(N/A)
63
NCC
108
F
(N/A)
53
GASt
83
F
TexPA
72
Okla
91
F
SCSt
58
Jacksn
52
F
YSU
70
IL-C
64
F
WIGB
73
NoKY
59
F
Clev
82
IUPUI
80
F
WIMil
70
WriSt
82
F
(N/A)
49
Rut
94
F
Yale
67
UNC
70
F
NE
88
JMU
72
F
Penn
81
How
62
F
APSU
48
UGA
78
F
Copp
56
Ford
62
F
W&M
74
Elon
73
F
UNCW
66
Drex
71
F
Charl
75
Del
63
F
Albany
67
Colum
66
F
StBon
79
Buff
84
F
UMass
79
Akr
85
F
David
71
Vand
76
F
LoyIL
66
Valpa
63
F
TXSo
55
TexAM
58
F
HiPt
58
Tex
89
F
LaTec
80
SoMis
49
F
ChiSt
33
Mizzu
91
F
Kent
68
MisSt
96
F
SIU
56
IndSt
68
F
Seton
74
DeP
66
F
GMas
53
TCU
87
F
Harv
84
USF
81
F(OT)
Ida
68
Web
69
F
NoAZ
61
MTSt
63
F
Sac
50
Mont
52
F
E WA
69
IdaSt
75
F
S UT
83
PorSt
81
F

Dec 30, 2019, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Yale (10-4)

28

39

67

North Carolina (8-5)

32

38

70

Robinson leads Tar Heels as Williams gets win No. 879
Tue Dec 31, 2019 12:11 AM

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) It wasn’t the cleanest game of Roy Williams’ career, but it was a milestone victory all the same.

Brandon Robinson scored a career-high 20 points and Williams tied his mentor on the all-time wins list as North Carolina beat Yale 70-67 on Monday night.

Justin Pierce added 14 points for the Tar Heels (8-5), who nearly squandered a 12-point lead with six minutes remaining.

Williams picked up his 879th career victory as a head coach, tying Dean Smith for the fourth most in Division I men’s basketball history. Williams worked as an assistant for Smith at North Carolina for 10 seasons from 1978-88.

“It’s a number,” Williams said. “It means I stayed around a long time, probably longer than some people wanted me to stay at places.”

Garrison Brooks had 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Tar Heels, and Jeremiah Francis had 10 points.

Azar Swain’s 30-foot 3-point attempt misfired at the buzzer for Yale (10-4).

“It’s not too often that’s Carolina is going to lose a nonconference game in this building,” Yale coach James Jones said. “It just doesn’t happen very often. And we were as close as you can possibly be.”

Swain battled through a sore ankle to score 21 points for Yale, whose seven-game winning streak ended. Jordan Bruner had 17 points and 15 rebounds, and Paul Atkinson added 10 points.

North Carolina answered a 7-0 run by Yale to open the second half with a 20-4 spurt, taking a 52-39 lead with 9:27 remaining.

BIG PICTURE

Yale: Fresh off a 54-45 win at Clemson on Dec. 22, the Bulldogs missed their opportunity for a second consecutive road win against an Atlantic Coast Conference foe. But their prospects remain promising. Yale has experience (six upperclassmen in its top seven, including all five starters) and plays stingy defense, a combination that could help the team repeat as Ivy League champion and return to the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row.

North Carolina: Freshman point guard Cole Anthony, the team’s leading scorer, is scheduled to miss 2-4 more weeks in his recovery from an arthroscopic procedure on his right knee. Without him, the Tar Heels are ordinary at best. But their schedule over the next month is manageable, giving them a chance to stay in postseason contention as Anthony works his way back.

POSTGAME CEREMONY

The school honored Williams on the court immediately after the game, with Robinson and Brooks joining Smith’s son Scott in presenting Williams a framed piece picture of Smith and Williams together. Williams became emotional as he discussed the milestone in his postgame press conference.

“Scott Smith came out and said one thing, and I think he’s right,” Williams said. “He said, ‘Dad would have been really happy.’ And I think he would be.”

INJURY UPDATE

North Carolina freshman guard Anthony Harris went down with just more than three minutes to play after his right knee buckled. Harris missed the team’s first eight games of the season while recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee. “Our hopes and prayers are that there’s nothing seriously wrong, but we won’t know until they do all the tests and things like that,” Williams said. “My team is hurting for him right now.”

WILD FINISH

The Tar Heels gave up a 3-pointer and a conventional three-point play, fouled a 3-point shooter, and missed the front end of a one-and-one in the final 43.7 seconds. “We’re happy that we sneaked by,” Williams said. “We didn’t make the plays we’d like to make down the stretch.”

STAR WATCH

Robinson scored 14 points and made four of his career-high five 3-pointers in the second half. His final 3-pointer gave the Tar Heels a 65-57 lead with 2:07 to play. “I credit my teammates,” Robinson said. “I wasn’t shooting the ball good early, and they were just telling me and staying in my ear to keep shooting.”

UP NEXT

Yale: The Bulldogs play at home for the first time since Dec. 1 when they take on Division III Johnson & Wales on Jan. 12.

North Carolina: The Tar Heels host Georgia Tech, a team they haven’t lost to at home since 2010, on Saturday night.

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Leaders

Yale PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Gabbidon 0 0 0 2 0 0
W. Yess 0 0 0 0 0 0
North Carolina PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
K. Smith 0 0 0 1 1 0
B. Robinson 20 0 3 3 1 0

Team Comparison

Yale UNC
Points For 67 70
Field Goals 20/54-37% 26/71-37%
Three Pointers 8/27-30% 6/19-32%
Free Throws 19/22-86% 12/17-71%
Offensive Rebounds 1 15
Defensive Rebounds 33 33
Rebounds 34 51
Blocks 7 4
Steals 5 4
Turnovers 10 8
Personal Fouls 17 19
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Mon Dec 30 Yale 67 @ UNC 70 A. Williams 4 C. Keeling 2

Game Information

Stadium: Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Attendance: 20,765
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