Defending champ North Carolina opens up, tops Lipscomb 84-66

Defending champ North Carolina opens up, tops Lipscomb 84-66

A lot of people were clapping for Kenny Williams Wednesday afternoon against Lipscomb.

So if anyone on North Carolina's roster should be comfortable on the NCAA tournament stage, it's Berry, a senior guard from Apopka, Fla.

2-seed in the West regional, will take on No. 7-seed Texas A&M on Sunday.

Kenny Williams, a junior guard, missed North Carolina's run previous year to the national championship after injuring his knee in February.

Through all that, Friday was the moment that Williams had been yearning for the most.

"I was excited all week to come play", Williams said of the Tar Heels' weekend in Charlotte. "This is my first game playing heavy minutes in the NCAA Tournament". So, you know this is what you look forward to growing up.

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Yet early in Friday's 84-66 first-round victory over Lipscomb, Tar Heels coach Roy Williams had a jarring message.

A Johnson 3-pointer on the opening possession after halftime, again off a Pinson assist, opened up UNC's first double-digit advantage and the Bisons never seriously threatened again. Williams led all starters in scoring, with all five posting double-figure scoring outings.

The exodus started previous year, when the ACC approved Cameron Johnson's transfer to North Carolina for his final two seasons.

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"You say something like that [and] I start grinning", UNC coach Roy Williams said.

"That's the reason I came here, because he gets the best out of me, and when he said that to me, I got aggressive and my whole game turned around".

"He's a basketball player". Pinson dropped 15 points for the game, hauled in 10 rebounds and dished seven assists.

We are going to give this one to Pinson. They had allowed 340 of 888 attempts (38.3 percent).

The Bison shot 25 percent from behind the arc as team. It's the school's first-ever appearance in the tournament.

The second half was were UNC put the game away. The score was tied at 33 at the 3:43 mark, and the Tar Heels closed out on a 12-1 run to go into the half up nine points as Lipscomb missed its final six shots from the floor. Both the Tar Heels and Bison like to push. Berry added 14 points to his career total against Lipscomb, helping him secure that feat.

When he addressed the media on Thursday's practice day, the first thing Williams noted was that golfer Tiger Woods, an apparent favorite of Williams', was 4 under par after the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Fla. Junior forward Rob Marberry was the team's only other double-figure scorer at 16 points per game while averaging 5.8 rebounds.

North Carolina State had more second-chance points with 9, compared to Elon's 1.

Fitting, isn't it, that one of Michael Jordan's records at North Carolina was surpassed in his own building.

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