No. 4 North Carolina dealt shocking loss at home against Wofford


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No. 4 North Carolina rallied late, but couldn’t quite dig out of a hole in a 79-75 loss to Wofford at Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C.

It was the Terriers’ first victory against a top 25 opponent in program history. They were 0-23 before Wednesday night.

“I grew up in Virginia,” Wofford coach Mike Young said. “This was my team, Coach (Dean) Smith, and you see all those banners up there, and I can think back to (John) Kuester and (Walter) Davis and (Phil) Ford, all those guys.

“And to bring a team in here and not only compete and fight and do some really good things — but win — holy cow, that’s a mouthful.”

Box score: Wofford 79, No. 4 North Carolina 75

UNC (10-2) led 29-22 with 5:19 left in the first half before being outscored 12-4, including 8-0 in the final 3:25 before halftime. Wofford (8-4) then extended its lead to 14 out of the break by going on a 17-7 run at 12:29.

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UNC began to chip away from there, getting to within one a couple different times, but lastly at the 1:22 mark after two free throws by junior forward Luke Maye made it 73-72.

On the ensuing possession, Wofford junior guard Fletcher Magee — who led all scorers with 27 points — broke away on a fast break and made a layup to bump the lead back to three. Then UNC’s Joel Berry II was called for a charge on the ensuing possession.

The Tar Heels had one last chance, but Maye missed a three-point attempt with 28 seconds left and Trevor Stumpe made two crucial free throws for the Terriors to make it a two-possession game.

Joel Berry II scored 23 points to lead UNC, which suffered its first home loss to an unranked team while ranked in the top five since falling to Boston College in January 2009.

“They just had the momentum,” Berry said, “and it’s hard to get it back on your side when they’re just coming out here and playing with more effort than you.”

Wofford junior forward Cameron Jackson chipped in 18 points, nine rebounds and six blocks.

“Bad movement, bad defense, bad coaching — we got fat and happy,” North Carolina coach Roy Williams said. “It was a disgusting thing for me the entire game.”

 

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