NCAAB Game Recap - Wake Forest at North Carolina
Tue Mar 3, 2020 7:00 PM EST

NJIT
49
Lib
55
F
Jacksn
88
NFla
91
F
FlGlf
63
Lipsco
68
F
N AL
72
Stetsn
82
F
IUPUI
59
IL-C
93
F
WIMil
57
YSU
63
F
Clev
59
Oakl
80
F
Campbl
68
UNCA
72
F
Tenn
81
KY
73
F
HolyC
62
Buck
65
F
HiPt
59
USC-Up
69
F
LoyMD
75
Leh
78
F
Presb
64
ChaSo
81
F
MD
67
Rut
78
F
MSU
79
PSU
71
F
Purd
77
Iowa
68
F
MisSt
71
SCar
83
F
Cin
79
SoFL
67
F
Syr
84
BC
71
F
TexAr
78
Troy
64
F
E MI
54
W MI
70
F
Albany
62
Vermt
85
F
Duques
80
VACom
77
F(OT)
David
63
Rich
80
F
Wake
83
UNC
93
F
UMassL
63
UNH
54
F
Stony
67
UMBC
75
F
BGSU
69
Kent
83
F
Maine
71
Hartfo
65
F
ArkLR
70
GASt
89
F
ArkSt
76
GaSo
75
F
MiaO
69
Buff
75
F
CenMI
68
Ball
85
F
Ohio
67
Akr
74
F
Marq
68
DeP
69
F
CoCar
101
ULLa
108
F
TxSt
54
SthAL
58
F
Toled
50
NIU
71
F
App
61
ULMo
57
F
Vand
87
Alab
79
F
SFA
77
AbCh
72
F
Tex
52
Okla
51
F
WVU
77
IaSt
71
F

Mar 3, 2020, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Wake Forest (13-16)

34

49

83

North Carolina (13-17)

35

58

93

Anthony, Brooks lead North Carolina past Wake Forest 93-83
Tue Mar 3, 2020 10:46 PM

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina is feeling like it did at the beginning of the season. More importantly, the Tar Heels are winning that way.

Cole Anthony scored 19 of his 28 points in the second half to help North Carolina beat Wake Forest 93-83 on Tuesday night.

Garrison Brooks added 25 points for the Tar Heels (13-17, 6-13 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their third straight game after a seven-game losing streak. It is their longest winning streak since they opened the season 5-0 and ascended to the nation's No. 5 ranking.

"The confidence never left," Brooks said. "I always think that you've just got to believe in who you think you are."

Brandon Robinson had 18 points and made five 3-pointers for North Carolina. The Tar Heels shot 51% from the field, including 64% in the second half, and made 10 of 17 3-point attempts in the game.

North Carolina, which lost at Wake Forest 74-57 on Feb. 11, avoided its first season sweep at the hands of the Demon Deacons since 2003.

The Tar Heels used a 10-3 spurt to take a 75-66 lead with six minutes remaining as part of a stretch in which they scored on six of seven possessions.

"You've got to make teams miss," Wake Forest coach Danny Manning said. "We didn't make them miss enough to give ourselves a chance."

Brandon Childress scored 24 points and Isaiah Mucius had 13 to lead Wake Forest (13-16, 6-13).

Olivier Sarr added 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Jahcobi Neath had 10 points for the Demon Deacons.

BIG PICTURE

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons dropped to 2-10 on the road, including 1-8 in conference play, to continue a decade-long trend of road woes. Wake Forest is now 8-80 in ACC road games since the start of the 2010-11 season.

North Carolina: The Tar Heels entered the game in last place in the ACC, but their three-game winning streak is the second longest active streak in the conference. Given their improved play down the stretch, they will be a popular pick to create some havoc at next week's ACC tournament. "I don't think we're a last-place team," Brooks said. "That's just our record. I think we're a lot better than that. We're just going to keep playing."

DYNAMIC DUO

Anthony and Brooks have fueled North Carolina's recent success, combining to average 51 points per game during the winning streak. They have been efficient during that stretch, with Brooks making 26 of 41 (63.4%) field goal attempts and Anthony shooting 23 of 39 (59.0%) from the field and 12 of 20 (60.0%) from 3-point range.

Anthony finished with seven assists and one turnover against the Demon Deacons, making 4 of 5 3-pointers and all eight of his free throws. His recent improvement has a simple explanation.

"It's not a mathematical formula or anything," Manning said. "He's a good player. He's got a better feel for how teams are guarding him."

SENIOR NIGHT

North Carolina introduced six starters on senior night: Robinson, Shea Rush, Robbie O'Han and Caleb Ellis, plus graduate transfers Christian Keeling and Justin Pierce. All six players took the court as if they were going to start, but Ellis returned to the bench just before tipoff.

INJURY UPDATE

The Tar Heels played without freshman forward Armando Bacot, who sprained his right ankle Saturday at Syracuse. Bacot had been the only player to start the team's first 29 games of the season. North Carolina coach Roy Williams said he initially thought Bacot might be able to play. "He felt like he was 65% and didn't think he could move his feet laterally, and so it wasn't much of a decision," Williams said.

Wake Forest was without guard Torry Johnson, who suffered a leg injury against Duke on Feb. 25.

UP NEXT

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons wrap up their regular season Friday night at North Carolina State, which beat them 91-82 on Dec. 7.

North Carolina: The Tar Heels play on Saturday night at No. 12 Duke, which beat them 98-96 in overtime on Feb. 8.

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Leaders

Wake Forest PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
G. van Beveren 0 0 0 0 0 0
O. Oguama 0 0 0 4 1 0
North Carolina PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
R. O'Han 0 0 0 0 0 0
S. Rush 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

Wake UNC
Points For 83 93
Field Goals 28/58-48% 31/61-51%
Three Pointers 9/20-45% 10/17-59%
Free Throws 18/22-82% 21/28-75%
Offensive Rebounds 7 8
Defensive Rebounds 27 23
Rebounds 35 33
Blocks 2 2
Steals 5 4
Turnovers 13 7
Personal Fouls 23 16
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Series Tied 1-1

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Tue Feb 11 UNC 57 @ Wake 74 A. Platek 2 I. Mucius 2
Tue Mar 3 Wake 83 @ UNC 93 S. Wright 2 J. Pierce 4

Game Information

Stadium: Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Attendance: 21,280
Game Time: