UNC-NCSU: Game Notes

RALEIGH - The North Carolina Tar Heels dropped their second consecutive game on Sunday, an 86-77 decision to archrival N.C. State.

Here is a look at some of the notes from UNC's seventh loss in 18 games, and third loss in five Atlantic Coast Conference contests.

***With the loss, Carolina falls to 128-71. The series dates back to the 1912-13 season.

***The Tar Heels are now 50-43 against the Wolfpack in Raleigh, including a 2-2 record at the RBC Center, State's four-year-old facility.

***Carolina has now won six of the lasts even games at State, which included winning its last three appearances at State's old home, fabled Reynolds Coliseum.

***Last year, State beat UNC in chapel Hill, 77-59, and in Raleigh, 98-76. At UNC, The Wolfpack guards outscored Carolina's 41-6, and in Raleigh, State bettered the Heels 62-30 in the second half.

***Jackie Manuel was whistled for his fourth foul with the score tied at 45 with 15:21 left in the game. Only 3:11 later State had a 58-50 lead.

***Rashad McCants had three points in the first half and 17 in the second.

***McCants' double-double (20 points, 10 rebounds) was the first of his career.

***Carolina outrebounded State 38-27 and only allowed the Wolfpack five offensive boards.

***Julius Hodge's 30 points was the most by an individual player against UNC since Duke's Jason Williams scored 37 in last season's regular season finale.

***Will Johnson's technical foul in the first half was the first of his career.

***UNC is one win away from its 500th regular season ACC victory. Next in line heading into today's games: Duke (442), Maryland (351), N.C. State (348), Wake Forest (329), Virginia (283), Clemson (231), Georgia Tech* (152), and FSU^ (71). South Carolina won 101 league games from 1953-54 through 1970-71. *Tech began playing in the 1979-80 season. ^FSU began playing in the 1991-92 campaign.

***Rashad McCants has scored at least 20 points in four consecutive games: 20 against Clemson, 27 against Connecticut, and 26 against Maryland, and 20 today. UNC is 2-2 in those games.

***McCants has already set a UNC freshman record by scoring in double figures in each of his first 18 games.

***Raymond Felton has scored in double figures in each of his last nine games. In his first nine contests he did so just three times.

***Felton is second in the ACC in minutes per game at 35.2. Clemson's Edward Scott is first.

***Carolina has scored 70-plus just three times in last 10 games, and the three games they didn't the Heels had 72, 79, and 77.

***In 11 wins this season, UNC's has held it opponents to 36 percent shooting. In its six losses entering today's game, Carolina's opponents are shooting 49.2%.

****Carolina has held the opposition to less than 70 points in 13 of its first 18 games.

***Carolina's strength of schedule rating entering the weekend was No. 3 behind Georgia and Miami (OH). Stanford and Arkansas follow the Tar Heels.

***UNC is ranked No. 13 in the latest RPI.

***N.C. State honored its 1983 team that won the NCAA title at halftime of today's contest. Every player except for Terry Gannon, Derek Whittenburg, and Harold Thompson was in attendance. Gannon is a broadcaster for ABC sports and had a scheduling conflict and Whittenburg is the head coach at Wagner and was unable to attend.

Senior writer Andrew Jones is in his seventh year with Inside Carolina. He also covers the ACC for the Wilmington Star-News/Morning Star and can be reached via e-mail at: AndrewJones@AM630.net.

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