UNC-Miami: Game Notes

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The North Carolina Tar Heels blew an 11-point lead by going without a field goal over the game's final 11:10 as the Miami Hurricanes pulled out a 64-61 victory in overtime before a sellout crowd of 7,000 at the brand new Convocation Center.

Here are some of the notes from UNC's fourth loss in eight games:

***With the loss, UNC fell to 6-1 over all against Miami.

***UNC is now 3-1 in games played in Miami, winning 78-68 in Dec. 1999, and 55-53 and 65-51 on consecutive days in Jan. 1950.

***UNC is 3-0 in Chapel Hill, winning 122-77 in Dec. 1987, 89-74 in Dec. 1989, and 67-45 in Dec. 2000.

***The Tar Heels went the final 7:10 of regulation and all five minutes of overtime without a field goal. They hit just three free throws during that stretch.

***Carolina's starters (Byron Sanders, Rashad McCants, Raymond Felton, Jawad Williams, Jackie Manuel) went the final 16:31 – overtime included – without a field goal.

***UNC's 18-0 run in the second half was its largest shutout streak of the season.

***UNC had 21 offensive rebounds, but still shot just 31.3 percent from the field.

***Miami blocked 14 Carolina shots and held the Tar Heels to 27.3 % (6-22) from 3-point range.

***The last time UNC and Miami played, a 67-45 Carolina victory on Dec. 4, 2000, Tar Heel center Brendan Haywood became the first player in school history to record a triple-double. Haywood 18 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 blocked shots. That game also was the first of 18 consecutive wins for the Tar Heels, who later were ranked No. 1 in the nation.

***This was the first game ever in Miami's new Convocation Center, an on-campus arena that seats 7,000 for basketball and cost $48 million. The Hurricanes have never played on campus until tonight's game with the Tar Heels.

***UNC and Miami have one common opponent each has played this year. Carolina defeated Florida State on the road, 69-48, and Miami lost at FSU, 72-55.

***Miami point guard Armando Surratt is the fourth freshman starter UNC freshman Raymond Felton has faced this year. In his previous stints against freshmen Felton scored six points (3-9 from the floor) and had five assists in a win at Old Dominion, had nine points (2-6) and three assists (eight turnovers) in a loss at Illinois and totaled 11 points (3-10) with five assists in a loss to Iona.

***UNC center Sean May missed his second consecutive game with a broken bone in his left foot. May sustained the injury in a loss to Iona on Dec. 27 at Madison Square Garden in New York. The 6-foot-9 freshman had surgery on Dec. 30 and is expected to be out until late February at the earliest.

***This is Carolina's youngest team ever. UNC has just nine players on basketball scholarship. Five are freshmen, three are sophomore and one is a senior. UNC also has a senior who is on Morehead Scholarship and a freshman who is walking on this year, but will be on scholarship next season. UNC wasn't able to offer David Noel a basketball scholarship this year because there reached their limit regarding the 5/8 rule, meaning a school can't sign more than five players in one year and eight over a two year stretch.

***Over the first 49 years of ACC basketball, UNC has averaged eight juniors and seniors its preseason rosters. Prior to this year the fewest number of juniors and seniors on a roster was four, which was in the 1990-91 season when UNC had three senior starters (Rick Fox, King Rice, Pete Chilcut) and junior starter Hubert Davis.

***According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, Carolina is the youngest team in the nation.

***UNC started three freshmen in the opening game this season for the first time ever. Tonight's starting lineup: Sophomores Jackie Manuel and Jawad Williams and freshmen McCants, Felton and May.

****Scott and Manuel were the first freshmen to start in backcourt together last year.

***Jawad Williams was the 17th freshman to ever start his first game for UNC last year. That number is now up to 20.

Senior writer Andrew Jones is in his seventh year with Inside Carolina. He hosts a late afternoon radio show on ESPN Radio, WMFD AM630 in Wilmington and can be reached via e-mail at: AndrewJones@AM630.net.

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