CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – No. 1 North Carolina utilized its 99-49 exhibition win over Guilford College as a glorified practice to find a way to absorb the loss of senior All-American Marcus Paige for the next 3-4 weeks.
Paige fractured the third metacarpal on his non-shooting hand (right) in practice on Tuesday. The injury occurred when freshman forward Luke Maye drove through the lane, and as Paige was attempting to defend the drive, his hand got caught in Maye’s jersey and his fingers bent back.
“Everybody’s got to try and play closer to their potential,” UNC head coach Roy Williams told reporters following the game. “We can’t have any sloppiness. I mean the team we’re going to play next Friday night is a different level team. And we talked the other day about everybody picking up their play and doing a better job themselves, whatever job it is, whether how little they think it is, or how important they may think it is, they’ve got to do a better job of that.”
Sophomore Joel Berry and junior Nate Britt started in the backcourt for UNC, combining for 26 points on 57.9 percent shooting and 16 assists.
The Tar Heels shot 61.8 percent for the game, assisting on 33 of their 42 made field goals.