Sunday, November 28, 2010

Carolina basketball overcomes Goudelock this time

While North Carolina had to overcome the College of Charleston's Andrew Goudelock - something the Heels couldn't do last year - to win 74-69 at home tonight, Goudelock only hit 11 of 27 points and he went 10 minutes without a point. Dexter Strickland mainly had the responsibility in covering Goudelock.

During the two minutes in which Goudelock hit 13 points, including three threes, he really had no open shots. He just hit very, very long or tightly-covered shots en route to a game-high 28 ponts.

Carolina got into the more uptempo, fast-breaking style in the second half and tired the Cougars. John Henson led the way with 19 points. With a little better free throw shooting and without those wild threes from Goudelock, it would have been a comfortable margin.

But it wasn't.

"I loved our poise," UNC coach Roy Williams said. "They go up five and Goudelock's making some unbelievable shots, and we kept playing. I don't want to call a timeout and have the kids panic. I think you get stronger through the course of your program if the kids can figure it out themselves."

Even though Williams seems to be trying to inject confidence in his young team for the way they persevered, it's going to be tough for the Heels to win at Illinois Tuesday.

Click here for a game story and click here for a photo gallery.

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