NCAAB Game Recap - North Carolina State at North Carolina
Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:00 PM EST

KansSt
66
Baylor
85
F
Dayt
62
GMas
55
F
ColSt
60
SDSU
66
F
Duke
101
Wake
113
F(2OT)
KY
69
TexAM
60
F
Miss
58
Aub
67
F
Iowa
70
MSU
78
F
TxTch
51
Okla
65
F
TCU
59
IaSt
65
F
DeP
67
Xav
78
F
Buff
69
Ohio
80
F
MiaO
61
Kent
74
F
NIU
73
E MI
71
F
LaSal
49
David
74
F
Toled
93
CenMI
81
F
Akr
60
BGSU
78
F
W MI
61
Ball
71
F
MOSt
74
Valpa
89
F
Drake
60
LoyIL
64
F
Tul
57
Tuls
62
F
Mem
53
SMU
58
F
Nev
73
Wyo
68
F
Clem
59
GaTec
68
F
Alab
73
MisSt
80
F
NCSU
79
UNC
85
F
SJSU
56
UtSt
94
F

Feb 25, 2020, 9:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

North Carolina State (17-11)

37

42

79

North Carolina (11-17)

40

45

85

Brooks, N. Carolina beat N.C. State, snap 7-game skid
Wed Feb 26, 2020 12:02 AM

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) At numerous points this season, Garrison Brooks has struggled to make free throws for North Carolina. Tuesday night, shooting free throws was like second nature for Brooks, who scored 30 points to help the Tar Heels end a seven-game losing streak with an 85-79 victory over North Carolina State.

Cole Anthony had 19 points, five rebounds and five assists and reserve Christian Keeling scored 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting for the Tar Heels (11-17, 4-13 Atlantic Coast Conference), who swept the Wolfpack in the regular season and have won 32 of the past 36 meetings.

Markell Johnson scored 21 and had 10 assists for N.C. State (17-11, 8-9).

North Carolina erased a 52-45 deficit in the second half with a 22-4 run. Five different players scored, led by Keeling, who poured in eight points in about two minutes. When Brooks completed a three-point play with 8:33 remaining, the Tar Heels had a 67-56 lead, their largest margin of the night.

In total, Brooks was 14 of 16 from the free-throw line, including 11 of 11 in the second half.

"I just shot `em with confidence, didn't think about `em, and they went in," said Brooks, who came into the game shooting 56.5% from the foul line.

In the first half, the Wolfpack hit their first four shots and forced North Carolina into five turnovers in the first eight possessions while racing to a 13-2 lead. Johnson led the charge, scoring eight points in the first 2 1/2 minutes.

But he cooled off (4 of 9 at halftime), and no one could stop Brooks (13 points at halftime) inside. Four N.C. State players had two fouls at halftime. UNC shot 12 free throws, and N.C. State attempted four, a key factor in UNC's 40-37 halftime lead.

The Tar Heels finished with 31 free-throw attempts to N.C. State's 13.

KEY STRETCH, KEY PLAYER

The Tar Heels sealed the victory by making the right plays late, but it was the 22-4 run midway through the second half that was the difference. Keeling keyed the run, continuing a recent stretch of strong play for the Charleston Southern transfer.

"Christian made a couple of big shots," UNC coach Roy Williams said.

Keeling scored in double figures double figures in five of the past seven games.

BIG PICTURE

N.C. State: The loss hampered the Wolfpack's chances of making the NCAA Tournament as an at-large selection, but center DJ Funderburk remained upbeat. "Don't let this one affect the next one," Funderburk said of the message in the locker room. "We've just got to lock back in and be ready for Pitt."

North Carolina: It's been a season of discontent for the Tar Heels, NCAA Tournament regulars under Roy Williams. But this win was sweet because it ended a long losing streak and came against a rival. In the 17-season Williams era, UNC's longest losing streak before this year was four games in the 2009-10 season.

UP NEXT

N.C. State: The Wolfpack plays Saturday at home against Pittsburgh.

North Carolina: The Tar Heels visit Syracuse on Saturday.

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Leaders

North Carolina State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
P. Andree 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Dixon 0 0 0 0 0 0
North Carolina PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
W. Miller 0 0 0 0 0 0
G. Brooks 30 0 1 9 0 0

Team Comparison

NCSU UNC
Points For 79 85
Field Goals 30/62-48% 30/61-49%
Three Pointers 8/25-32% 3/16-19%
Free Throws 11/13-85% 22/31-71%
Offensive Rebounds 7 13
Defensive Rebounds 23 25
Rebounds 31 42
Blocks 5 3
Steals 7 8
Turnovers 14 15
Personal Fouls 25 14
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Mon Jan 27 UNC 75 @ NCSU 65 K. Smith 2 D. Dixon 2
Tue Feb 25 NCSU 79 @ UNC 85 M. Bates 4 J. Pierce 3

Game Information

Stadium: Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Attendance: 21,338
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