Anthony, Pierce help No. 9 UNC beat UNC Wilmington

North Carolina-Wilmington vs. North Carolina - 11/8/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

North Carolina-Wilmington vs. North Carolina - 11/8/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

In his first official game as a collegian, North Carolina's highest-ranked recruit, Cole Anthony, was expected to have a bit of an adjustment period.

But it didn't matter.

Anthony put the country on notice with his 34-point, 11-rebound performance against Notre Dame on Wednesday.

In the meantime, the Tar Heels need to get as much production as possible from others beside their newest star. But against UNCW he struggled with his shot.

Anthony finished the game 12-of-24 from the field, including 6-of-11 from the three-point line.

And that has coach Roy Williams more than just a little concerned despite his team's second straight win to begin the season. A McDonald's All-American, he was ranked No. 3 in the Class of 2019 and the top-ranked point guard. For the first 10 or so minutes in this game the Seahawks kept it close and if it wasn't for Justin Pierce, they may have controlled this game.

The Tar Heels shot poorly but went ahead for good midway through the first half thanks largely to Pierce's fast start.

But Pierce, who transferred from William & Mary in the spring, provided a spark. The Broncos briefly closed within 22-17 before OR hit 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions to push the lead to 31-17. They trailed 40-29 at halftime before UNC stretched the lead with a 10-0 burst. His 15 was the following finest for any Tar Heel in situations of in addition to/minus. They led 37-32 just under 2 minutes into the second half.

The Seahawks won their season opener against the D-III Johnson & Wales Wildcats in a 103-83 contest that saw five players score more than 10 points, including a 19-point, 3-steal outing from Jaylen Sims.

After that, UNCW never got closer than nine points. UNC Wilmington ends a three-game homestead when it hosts Campbell on Tuesday. "The crowd was into it and my teammates got me a bunch of open looks".

There's critically no only one else who arrived beneath extreme consideration for participant of the online game, however Andrew Platek and Garrison Brooks additionally had sound video video games. During those 4 games the Tar Heels are averaging 87 points compared to 62 for the Seahawks. Pierce and Anthony combined to shoot 2-for-11 from the free throw line. He went back to the locker room and did not return.

"I think it is going to have to be something we deal with all season and it concerns us a great deal", said Williams, who was already without senior captain Brandon Robinson and junior big man Sterling Manley, along with freshmen Anthony Harris and Jeremiah Francis because of injuries before Bacot went down.

The Seahawks had 5 players that finished in double figures in the game. The Tar Heels had a short bench with so many injuries to key players. His 12 rebounds was a career-high. Brooks also did his part by recording his first career double-double.

UNC opened their season on November 5 with a 76-65 win over Notre Dame from Chapel Hill in a very early ACC contest.

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