UNC-WF: Game Notes

WINSTON-SALEM – North Carolina couldn't overcome foul trouble to a pair of key players or the wonderful skills of Wake Forest senior Josh Howard in falling to the Demon Deacons, 75-60, before a sellout crowd of 14,656, at Lawrence Joel Coliseum.

Both Rashad McCants and Jawad picked up their fourth fouls over a three-minute stretch in the second half, allowing Wake to pull away for the win.

Here is a look at some of the notes of UNC's 14th loss in 29 games and 10th defeat in 15 Atlantic Coast Conference contests

***With the loss UNC's all-time record against Wake falls to 146-61.

***The Tar Heels are now 51-28 versus the Demon Deacons at Wake Forest (both homes), and 7-7 at Lawrence Joel Coliseum.

***Carolina has now lost four straight games to the Deacs.

***The Tar Heels are now 0-12 against in-State ACC teams in the last two seasons.

***UNC has now lost six of its last 15 games against Wake.

***Carolina has won more games (146) against Wake than any other ACC team.

***The win means Wake has clinched at least a tie for the regular season ACC title. The Deacons have not outright won an ACC regular season crown in 41 years (1961-62). The Deacs did tie for the title in 1994-95 with Maryland, Virginia, and UNC.

***UNC and Wake have 19 freshmen and sophomores combined on their rosters.

***Prior to the last minute when Wake coach Skip Prosser emptied his bench, the only players not freshmen or sophomores that saw action were Josh Howard for Wake and Will Johnson for UNC. Johnson played only two minutes.

***UNC is 9-22 in regular season ACC games over the last two seasons with six of the wins coming against Florida State and Clemson. The other two have come against the Yellow Jackets (twice) and Virginia.

***UNC was 6-14 (42.9%) from 3-point range in the first half and finished the game 11-29 (37.9%).

***Raymond Felton was 0-4 from the floor – 0-3 from beyond the arc – in the first half and finished the game 2-14 and 1-8. He finished with just five points. He also had four assists and four turnovers.

***Wake outrebounded the Tar Heels 17-11 (6-2 on the offensive glass) in the first half. For the game, the Deacons outboarded the Heels, 40-28, including 12-7 on the offensive end.

***First half field goal percentages: UNC 52% (13-15), Wake 50% (14-28).

***Final game field goal percentages: UNC 40% (22-55), Wake 49.1% (27-55).

***UNC limited Wake senior Josh Howard to 3-11 from the floor in the first half, including 1-4 from 3-point range. Howard finished the game with 24 points on 10-21 shooting from the field, including 4-9 from beyond the arc.

***Carolina was whistled for 23 fouls while the Deacs were called for just 12. As a result. Wake attempted 24 free throws while UNC shot only nine.

***McCants fouled out with 5:56 left in the game. Williams, Felton, and Jackie Manuel (12 points, six rebounds, two blocks and a steal) finished with four each.

***Duke's loss at 13-12 St. John's on Sunday dropped the ACC's overall non-conference record to 80-24 (76.9.6%). The ACC's records against the nation's top conferences: Atlantic 10 (5-2); Big East (9-6); Big Ten (7-5); Big XII (1-0); C-USA (1-2); MWC (0-0); Pac-10 (2-0); SEC (3-5); WAC (1-0). The league also has losses to teams from the America East, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, and West Coast Conferences.

***ACC versus non-conference teams at home (63-4), on the road (5-12), and at neutral sites (12-8).

***The ACC's all-time records against the nation's top conferences: Atlantic 10 (116-46); Big East (124-79); Big Ten (145-114); Big XII (22-9); C-USA (30-20); Mountain West (4-0); Pac-10 (97-63); SEC (240-209); WAC (58-18).

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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