Photo Gallery II
Wes Miller led four Tar Heels in double figures with 21 points, along with Reyshawn Terry (20), Tyler Hansbrough (16) and Quentin Thomas (10).
From just prior to the game’s outset, when one of the goals collapsed during the pre-game shoot around, it was clear this was going to be an unusual scrimmage. Soon after, the Tar Heels emerged from their locker room – which in actuality was a clearing under the bleachers with a bench installed.
“This is the first time I’ve ever been in a game like this,” Terry said. “This was a game to get to see what we’ve got.”
But there would be no Princeton-style, ball control game plan employed by Real Deal. This was to be a fast-paced, end-to-end track meet.
Noel took the opening tip and raced to the basket for an emphatic two-handed slam. And when a Terry three-pointer gave UNC a 20-8 lead with 5:06 left in the first quarter, it appeared this would be a quick and easy romp for the Tar Heels.
However, when Roy Williams inserted Hansbrough, Damion Grant, Danny Green and Bobby Frasor to join Terry, the Shockers went on a 12-0 run over the next 1:58 and tied the score at 20-20.
That got the crowd and animated Real Deal coach James Price into the game. Earlier, while the action was taking place, Price took a personal call on his cell phone. It is not known whether it was Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski on the other end.
Newly added forward Michael Copeland entered the game to start the second quarter, and the new look Tar Heels quickly regained control.
UNC opened up a 35-25 lead with 7:22 to go in the first half and never looked back.
At one point to begin the second half, it was determined that two different Shockers were wearing the No. 14. And in what was a physical contest, it took several minutes at the scorer’s table for Price to explain that one of the “14s” was supposed to be an “8.”
Williams said, “Let’s just play,” but almost immediately asked UNC associate director of athletics Steve Kirschner if any of the Shockers had more than two fouls any more.
Late in the third quarter, an array of consecutive dunks – three by Terry, one by Hansbrough and another by Noel – put the Tar Heels up 63-45. And with that stretch, the local contingent – many donned in unlicensed UNC apparel – began cheering on the reigning national champs.
Even a Bahamian radio correspondent covering the game was wearing a Vince Carter No. 15 UNC replica jersey – or maybe it was from Shammond Williams freshman year, as there was no name on the back.
The Tar Heels, which played all 10 of their available players (Marcus Ginyard was out with a broken left wrist), also committed 38 turnovers – albeit the ball was apparently slippery from the humidity and the referees whistled traveling and three seconds much more frequently than in ACC games.
“I don’t know if there’s anything we can tell from this game immediately for tomorrow’s game, except that you can’t throw the ball all over the place,” Williams said. “But overall, I think it will tell our kids how much more we need to do to get in shape, because they ran out of gas out there. And, you’ve got to be able to make good decisions at a fast pace when you’re tired.”