- Robbi Pickeral, College Basketball
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There you are, James Michael McAdoo.
After quiet week-and-a-half stretch that saw the North Carolina sophomore average just 8 points on 11-for-32 shooting over three games, the forward returned to his double-double ways at Georgia Tech, finishing with 22 points and 11 rebounds in the Tar Heels’ 70-58 win.
A quick closer look at Tuesday night's game at McCamish Pavilion:
Turning point: The Tar Heels were leading 41-37 in the second half when they finally broke away, using an 18-4 run. Junior Reggie Bullock -- scoreless to that point in the game -- jump-started the breakaway with a 3-pointer, and also added a couple of transition buckets; McAdoo added four points. The Yellow Jackets, who have been prone to go scoreless in spurts, did it again, this time for a roughly 7-minute lull during that stretch. By the time Robert Carter scored to end the drought with 7:26 left, UNC had an 18-point lead.
Players(s) of the game: McAdoo added four steals and two assists to his tally; reserve wing Leslie McDonald added 15 points, and sophomore P.J. Hairston -- starting his third straight game in UNC’s revamped, smaller lineup -- added 10 points and five rebounds.
What it means for UNC: After losing six of their previous seven to Georgia Tech in Atlanta, it had to feel good for the program to come away with a win in new McCamish Pavilion. But more importantly, the victory kept the Tar Heels tied for third place at 8-5 (with NC State and Virginia) in the ACC standings, an important slot considering only the top four teams earn a Thursday bye in the league tournament.
What it means for Georgia Tech: Another learning experience for a rebuilding team. The Yellow Jackets’ previous three ACC losses had come by a combined eight points, so this one had to sting. Tech committed 19 turnovers and made only 4 of 11 free throws, but it did outrebound the Tar Heels 41-36.
Next up: The Tar Heels host NC State on Saturday. Georgia Tech plays at Virginia on Sunday.