9:30 PM ET, March 16, 2010
Carmichael Arena, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Strickland's FTs, UNC's defense push reigning national champs into second round
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The building was packed, loud and charged. North Carolina rolled to a quick early lead to crank up the crowd noise even more. And when it ended, the Tar Heels were celebrating a hard-fought victory on the court they called home for two decades.It turns out they really were excited to play again -- even in a miserable season, even in the NIT.Dexter Strickland hit the go-ahead free throws with 2:34 left and North Carolina held William & Mary scoreless for the final 5 minutes in the Tar Heels' 80-72 win in the first round of the NIT on Tuesday night.
• The Tar Heels improved to 6-13 since Jan. 1, overcoming some hot shooting from the Tribe, who were playing their first NIT game since 1983.
• Deon Thompson led the Heels with 20 points, his first 20+-point game since the end of January.
• William & Mary attempted 43 3-pointers; the only time since 1996-97 in which it shot 40 or more 3-pointers was on Nov. 29, 2008 against Liberty (46).
• The loss dropped the Tribe to 0-10 all-time at North Carolina.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||26-62 (.419)||28-57 (.491)|
|3P Made-Attempted||16-43 (.372)||6-17 (.353)|
|FT Made-Attempted||4-4 (1.000)||18-26 (.692)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||18 (0/0)||11 (0/0)|
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