NCAAB Game Recap - North Carolina at Pittsburgh
Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:00 PM EST

BYU
69
Gonz
92
F
Baylor
75
OkSt
68
F
Lou
79
Duke
73
F
Aub
47
Fla
69
F
Butl
66
DeP
79
F
Kansas
66
Tex
57
F
Nev
55
SDSU
68
F
Oreg
64
Wash
61
F(OT)
FlaSt
83
Mia-FL
79
F(OT)
KY
73
Ark
66
F
WVU
68
KansSt
84
F
UConn
55
Vill
61
F
Hou
65
WichSt
54
F
Purd
50
MD
57
F
Seton
82
StJon
79
F
Colora
54
Ariz
75
F
OhSt
76
PSU
90
F
IaSt
52
TxTch
72
F
NW
71
Ill
75
F
Prov
74
Crei
78
F
UMBC
60
UNH
65
F
IL-C
75
IUPUI
66
F
Syr
71
VaTec
69
F
UNC
52
Pitt
66
F
LaSal
63
URI
66
F
Detr
80
WIGB
83
F
SCar
81
TexAM
67
F
Oral
92
IPFW
68
F
Citad
79
VMI
88
F
MiaO
62
Ball
71
F
LoyMD
80
Army
81
F
Tuls
67
Tul
54
F
TCU
63
Okla
83
F
Clem
54
NCSU
60
F
Marq
84
GTown
80
F
MOSt
68
Evans
58
F
ChaSo
79
HiPt
60
F
Hartfo
57
Vermt
74
F
StBon
63
VACom
91
F
JMU
61
Tows
69
F
StJos
87
Penn
81
F
Hamp
88
UNCA
86
F
Dart
62
Harv
67
F
Ohio
60
E MI
58
F
W&M
57
Drex
84
F
Elon
78
Del
79
F
Boston
70
Colg
79
F
ArkSt
80
CoCar
75
F
Buff
86
CenMI
67
F
Longw
58
Campbl
68
F
Toled
99
Akr
89
F
Rich
97
GMas
87
F
Mercer
90
Samf
75
F
Sac
49
S UT
74
F
NebOm
76
Denv
91
F
GASt
65
Troy
75
F
Rice
68
SoMis
81
F
TexAr
78
ULMo
58
F
Mizzu
74
Alab
88
F
OrSt
76
WaSt
89
F
LoyMa
53
USF
61
F
StMar
78
Pepp
69
F
TexPA
70
UtVal
72
F
NoAZ
64
N CO
58
F
ColSt
78
AF
65
F
UTEP
70
TexSA
86
F
GaSo
68
SthAL
74
F
LongI
74
Bry
60
F
KennSt
48
NJIT
66
F
StFNY
69
Merrim
64
F
(N/A)
53
RobM
49
F
Lafy
66
Navy
68
F
CenCT
52
MtStM
79
F
UAB
68
FlAtl
65
F
Hof
67
Charl
69
F
NIU
64
BGSU
66
F
HolyC
69
Amer
81
F
NCAT
75
Copp
79
F
CenAR
72
Nich
79
F
How
58
Morg
68
F
NCC
86
BethC
59
F
TNTec
59
E IL
84
F
GrgWas
75
UMass
51
F
ArkLR
73
App
57
F
FlGlf
65
N AL
70
F
Lamar
58
TXAMC
64
F
JacSt
64
SIU-E
56
F
StPet
71
Quin
51
F
USC-Up
67
GWebb
83
F
Kent
63
W MI
67
F
Radf
75
Presb
64
F
FlaAM
65
SCSt
81
F
Charl
63
W Ky
80
F
N TX
51
LaTec
50
F
MorSt
59
Belm
77
F
InWor
56
SFA
80
F
Alc
105
MsVl
73
F
E KY
92
TNSt
88
F
APSU
92
TN-M
81
F
Murr
96
SEMO
91
F(OT)
SoFL
54
UCF
55
F
Stetsn
64
Jacksn
59
F
UCDav
66
CSNor
62
F
NM
78
UNLV
99
F
Fres
65
Wyo
50
F
E WA
71
MTSt
58
F
Tenn
66
Vand
45
F
NrthIA
86
Brad
71
F
PVAM
64
Gram
57
F
MD-ES
52
Norf
62
F
Stan
78
USC
82
F(OT)
AlSt
65
AlaAM
56
F
TXSo
77
JackSt
66
F
Oakl
68
WIMil
73
F
Ind
82
Nebras
74
F
Clev
49
NoKY
75
F
YSU
72
WriSt
79
F
ETSU
85
WCU
66
F
Albany
62
Stony
70
F
SacHr
65
StFPA
72
F
NE
74
UNCW
76
F(OT)
Chat
52
UNCG
72
F
OlDom
67
Marsh
68
F
Monm
65
Manh
58
F
Lipsco
60
Lib
67
F
MidTN
69
FlInt
83
F
Corn
61
Colum
75
F
Leh
56
Buck
72
F
McNee
65
NOrl
52
F
CS-Ful
66
LongB
62
F
Temp
52
SMU
68
F
UVA
63
GaTec
58
F
IndSt
77
Valpa
86
F
TxSt
68
ULLa
59
F
LSU
80
Miss
76
F
SamH
95
HBU
75
F
SeLA
55
AbCh
76
F
UGA
59
MisSt
91
F
South
75
ArkPB
56
F
Pacif
80
SCla
84
F
Ida
63
Mont
67
F
Utah
64
AzSt
83
F
NMSt
75
Seatt
67
F
USD
77
Portl
67
F
UtSt
83
Bois
88
F(OT)
IdaSt
76
PorSt
82
F
UCRiv
53
UCIrv
69
F
UCSB
63
HI
70
F
CSBak
ChiSt
PPD
GrCan
UMKC
PPD

Jan 18, 2020, 12:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

North Carolina (8-9)

23

29

52

Pittsburgh (12-6)

43

23

66

Johnson scores 20, Pitt drills reeling North Carolina 66-52
Sat Jan 18, 2020 3:35 PM

PITTSBURGH (AP) Xavier Johnson could have chosen a cliche, something about how no one game is more important than any other. Instead, the Pittsburgh point guard went the other way.

Two years ago, the Panthers went winless in the Atlantic Coast Conference. On Saturday they completed their first-ever season sweep of North Carolina by using a dominant first half en route to a 66-52 victory. And while the reeling and injury ravaged Tar Heels are a bit of a mess at the moment, they're still one of college basketball's blue bloods. And Johnson knows it.

"It's big time," Johnson said after scoring 20 points to go with six rebounds and six assists against just two turnovers. "It's rare."

Maybe not this year.

North Carolina (8-9, 1-5) has dropped four straight and is just 2-6 without freshman star Cole Anthony, who is nearing the end of his rehab after undergoing knee surgery last month. Despite having a week to get ready, the Tar Heels fell behind by double digits before the game was 10 minutes old and never really recovered.

"It's hard when someone is hitting you right between the eyes every time you step out there," head coach Roy Williams said. "But life is like that, too."

Williams remains stuck on 879 career wins, still tied with mentor Dean Smith for fourth all-time among men's Division I coaches. If North Carolina can't develop an offensive identity soon, Williams might have to wait a while before moving ahead of Smith. The Tar Heels committed 16 turnovers and shot just 32% (19 of 60) from the field.

Garrison Brooks led North Carolina with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Senior guard Brandon Robinson finished with 12 points in 32 minutes a week removed from sustaining minor injuries when the car he was in was struck by a car operated by an impaired driver. Yet two of the Tar Heels' most experienced players couldn't keep North Carolina from falling under .500 this late in the season for the first time since 2001-02.

Pitt's defense had something to do with it. The Panthers (12-6, 3-4) swarmed the Tar Heels from the opening tip, cutting off passing lanes and harassing North Carolina into a series of sloppy mistakes. Three times in the first half the Tar Heels were called for traveling, which Williams attributed Pitt's relentless and a raucous student section that surrounds the court at Petersen Events Center.

"We've got to be able to handle the heat in a crowd," Williams said. "The turnovers early really set us back."

So did Pitt's hot start. The Panthers needed a second-half surge to win in Chapel Hill on Jan. 8. One wasn't necessary in the rematch. Murphy hit a pair of 3-pointers during a 21-4 first-half burst that ended with three Johnson free throws that gave Pitt a 29-11 lead it never really came close to squandering.

"Coach has been talking about our offense is coming, our offense is coming," Johnson said. "Our defense is actually good."

It certainly looked like it for long stretches, though North Carolina also had trouble recognizing basic mismatches. One sequence early in the second half symbolized its frustrating afternoon. The 6-foot-9 Brooks found himself in the block being guarded by the 6-3 Johnson. Brooks raised his arms frantically to call for the ball. When it didn't come, Brooks stomped his feet and turned his back to the play as Robinson tried to drive the lane, only to be called for an offensive foul.

"Right now we've got to handle quite a bit of adversity," Williams said. "It's not pleasant. It's not a good feeling after the game."

BIG PICTURE

North Carolina: Having Anthony in the lineup could go a long way to curing the Tar Heels' offensive troubles, but his presence alone might not be enough to shake North Carolina out of a funk that's seemingly appeared out of nowhere. Williams noted Anthony was 4 1/2 weeks removed from surgery but that the Tar Heels would not rush him back.

Pitt: The Panthers showed a dash of mental toughness after blowing a potential upset of No. 11 Louisville on Tuesday night, when the Cardinals escaped in overtime after a late offensive meltdown allowed Louisville to rally. Pitt was on the Tar Heels from the opening tip. At one point in the first half North Carolina had twice as many turnovers (8) than field goals (4). "Coach been talking about discipline a lot, us starting to mature,"Murphy said. "Conference games happen fast, you can't dwell on the past."

UP NEXT

North Carolina: Travels to Virginia Tech on Wednesday. The Tar Heels were upset by the Hokies in their last trip to Blacksburg, Virginia, in 2018.

Pitt: Hosts Boston College on Wednesday. The Panthers have dropped each of their last two meetings with the Eagles.

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Leaders

North Carolina PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
S. Rush 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Platek 0 0 4 3 0 0
Pittsburgh PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
G. Drumgoole Jr. 0 0 0 1 0 0
O. Ezeakudo 0 0 0 1 0 0

Team Comparison

UNC Pitt
Points For 52 66
Field Goals 19/60-32% 20/53-38%
Three Pointers 4/18-22% 7/25-28%
Free Throws 10/21-48% 19/27-70%
Offensive Rebounds 21 11
Defensive Rebounds 26 27
Rebounds 52 44
Blocks 2 6
Steals 7 11
Turnovers 16 9
Personal Fouls 16 20
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Pitt Leads Series 2-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Jan 8 Pitt 73 @ UNC 65 R. Murphy 4 K. Smith 1
Sat Jan 18 UNC 52 @ Pitt 66 J. Francis 1 J. Champagnie 5

Game Information

Stadium: Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 12,376
Game Time: