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How Brendan Haywood handled the trade deadline with humor
Before entering the extended All-Star break, Brendan Haywood humorously suggested he would spend the day of the trade deadline in his North Carolina bed with the covers over his face. From time to time he would peek out to get a glimpse of the latest news on the TV screen. He would be checking to see if he was being shipped out. "No joke," Haywood said with a big chuckle.
Tar Heels close out close game against Miami
With five minutes and 15 seconds left against Miami Saturday, the Tar Heels led by just three points. It’s a position similar to the ones UNC had been in against Louisville, Duke and N.C. State among others. A position, against those schools, that marked the last positive moment of the game. Saturday was a different story. Saturday, No. 15 UNC closed out a game, defeating Miami 73-64.
Video: Roy Williams Post-Miami Press Conference
North Carolina coach Roy Williams spoke about his team's improved play in late-game situations as the Tar Heels beat the Miami Hurricanes 73-64 in Miami.
UNC-Miami: Roy Williams Postgame Quotes
Roy Williams: "Our locker room now is a lot happier place than it was on a Tuesday night. I was really pleased with our guys. We had some mistakes, particularly late in the first half and some of them got a little bit of a negative look on their faces. But they paid attention at half time with what we talked about. In the second half I thought we were pretty doggone good."
Brice Johnson slams Miami as Heels snap 4-game skid vs. Canes
The last of Brice Johnson's five dunks was the most emphatic, and when he landed with his arms outstretched he froze the pose, as if seeking style points. No. 15 North Carolina showed some flair that had been lacking of late, and took advantage of the 6-foot-9 Johnson's dominating inside game to beat Miami 73-64 on Saturday. Johnson had 22 points, shot 11 for 15 and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Brice Johnson Rebounds
Brice Johnson responded to his worst showing of the ACC slate with arguably his best performance of the season in No. 15 North Carolina’s 73-64 win over Miami on Saturday. Johnson scored 16 of his game-high 22 points in the second half as the Tar Heels pulled away in the final 11:33 after the Hurricanes took the lead at 48-47.
UNC-Miami: Inside The Game
North Carolina needed a bounce back and no player needed a good showing more than forward Brice Johnson. Johnson finished with only four points at home against North Carolina State Tuesday night, but rose to the occasion at Miami. Johnson scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a 73-64 conference win over the Hurricanes.
Lucas: From Energy To Execution
Like his teammates, Joel Berry II had survived virtually everything possible from Miami. He’d weathered the Hurricanes erasing an eight-point second-half Tar Heel lead. He’d even ignored the occasional late-game shakes that have plagued the Tar Heels at times this year, directing a UNC offense that went the final 5:54 without a turnover on the way to holding on for a key 73-64 road win.
Theo Pinson Eyeing Return vs. Georgia Tech
Theo Pinson dressed out but did not play in No. 15 North Carolina’s 73-64 win over Miami on Saturday. The freshman wing is hoping to return to the lineup at Georgia Tech on Tuesday night. “The goal right now is the Georgia Tech game.” Pinson told reporters following the game. “We’re going to progress things to see how I take things at practice, so hopefully I’m out there Tuesday night.”
Recap & Analysis: UNC 73, Miami 64
In the second half, the Tar Heels shot 14-of-27 from the floor on 11 assists, controlled the backboards to the tune of 23-12 and hit 11-of-13 free throws line. UNC held Miami without a point from the 5:15 mark until 1:23 left extending the Tar Heel lead from three to 11 in that span. Needless to say that's winning basketball and a much-needed shot in the arm for a team that had struggled in tough games such as this.
Video: UNC-Miami Game Highlights
Brice Johnson's double-double (22 points & 11 rebounds) leads the Tar Heels to a 73-64 road win over Miami in Coral Gables on February 28th, 2015.
Brice Johnson leads No. 15 North Carolina past Miami 73-64
Brice Johnson had five dunks and 22 points to help No. 15 North Carolina end a streak of four consecutive losses against Miami with a 73-64 victory Saturday. The 6-foot-9 Johnson repeatedly outmaneuvered the Hurricanes inside and shot 11 for 15. He also had 11 rebounds. North Carolina (20-9, 10-6 ACC) reached 20 victories for the 11th time in 12 years under coach Roy Williams.
Video: J.P. Tokoto Steals & Slams Twice vs. Miami
J.P. Tokoto comes up with a pair of steals that he turns into two-handed dunks on the fast break against Miami on February 28th, 2015 in Coral Gables.
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - Miami
What a finish for Brice Johnson, who was all over the floor on both ends in the second half of Carolina's road win. Johnson's best possession might have come when the Tar Heels didn't even score, as he battled for multiple offensive rebounds and eventually ended up on the floor to secure a loose ball with five minutes remaining. The UNC junior finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
Box Score: North Carolina 73, Miami 64
View the complete box score from North Carolina's 73-64 win over Miami Saturday in Coral Gables, Florida.