Sharp Mountain, North Carolina-After 14 turnovers caused North Carolina to miss the halftime this season (41-29), freshman forward Walker Kessler broke out in the second half, leading UNC to a 78-70 loss. A major victory was achieved. 11 Florida State, the 7-foot-tall player scored a career-high 20 points with 10 9 shooting, including 8 rebounds and 4 blocks.
UNC (15-8, 9-5 ACC) shot 25% in the first half (7-28 FG), and Seminole (14-4, 10-3 ACC) made 15 points with 14 turnovers. In the second half, Tar Heels (16-32 FG) shot 50% from the field and made 14 free throws. They took the last 18 attempts from the charity zone and completed the game with 27 points (90%) of the 30 points from the free throw line. RJ Davis, Caleb Love and Kerwin Walton made 34 and 9 three-pointers, respectively, but the free throw line was 1
In the second half of the year, UNC’s defensive energy changed significantly. It forced 12 turnovers in the second half and contributed 15 points to the game. The Tar Heels victory marked Roy Williams’ head coaching career ranking of 900, which made him the fastest coach to reach the 900 mark. This is also the largest halftime comeback that UNC has performed at the Dean E. Smith Center since 2006.
After the historic victory, watch and read everything the head coach of the Hall of Fame said to members of the media: