A dunk by Tyler Hansbrough following a Bobby Frasor steal made the score 100-54 with 12:24 remaining in the game. It won’t count officially toward a regular season record, but UNC’s final tally eclipsed its all-time single game high of 129 points scored versus Manhattan in 1985 and VMI in 1994.
The Tar Heels electrified 21,750 fans early and often as Hansbrough’s 24 points led eight UNC players in double figures, but Roy Williams was incensed by his team’s defense performance after the game’s outcome had been decided.
“They competed for 40 minutes, and we competed for about 30,” Williams said. “We have about 22 or 23 practices behind us right now, and I think we’ve done some good things. But the whole team will watch that last 3:59 [of his game on tape], because if you play like that, you can’t beat anybody.”
Falcons senior guard DeMario Grier scored all of his game-high 29 points in the second half converting seven of 15 three-point attempts.
With Reyshawn Terry out for “breaking a team rule,” and Michael Copeland recovering from tonsillitis, Williams waited until just under the two-minute mark to clear his bench. Eleven Tar Heels played 12 or more minutes in a game that was a laugher almost as soon as it started.
Wayne Ellington scored 19, Danny Green added 16, Marcus Ginyard and Ty Lawson kicked in 15 and Brandan Wright notched 12. Frasor dished out seven assists, while Wright added five.
But allowing an outmatched opponent like Pfeiffer to reach the century mark against a UNC team as highly-touted as this year’s squad, was no laughing matter to Williams. Despite the 39-point blowout victory, the Tar Heels’ head coach promised to work his team hard on defense before leaving for Charlotte for Tuesday's season opener against Sacred Heart.
“We guarded people [tonight] the same way I did from the bench – not at all,” Williams said. “We’re going to find out who is going to guard someone in the next two days. I’m serious, if we only guard people like that we’ll walk the ball up the court and play 30-point games.”
Carolina led by 55 points as late as the 5:10 mark, but after that Pfeiffer nailed eight threes before the final buzzer.
“We were winning by 40, but I had a feeling in my stomach like we lost,” Frasor said. “Coach challenged us to hold them under 80. This is kind of embarrassing.”