UNC improved to 14-4 overall and 4-1 in ACC play.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – No. 13 North Carolina continued its winning ways on the road in ACC play by defeating Miami, 85-76, at the Watsco Center on Saturday.
UNC (14-4, 4-1 ACC) improved to 3-0 on the road in conference play for the fourth time of the Roy Williams era.
With defense seemingly optional for both teams, the Tar Heels earned the victory by shooting 55 percent from the floor – the second-best percentage of the season – including a 60 percent effort after halftime. UNC made 7-of-8 field goal attempts midway through the first half and then again early in the second half.
The Hurricanes, who missed six of their first seven shots, finished at 49.1 percent after a 57.7 percent mark in the second half.
UNC was effective defensively around the rim early, holding Miami (9-8, 1-4 ACC) to 33.3 percent shooting from two-point range and eight points in the paint in the first half. The Hurricanes worked around that deficiency by knocking down 7-of-14 three-pointers and doubling up the Tar Heels at the free throw line (6-of-9) to enter halftime with the game tied at 37-37.
Cameron Johnson led all scorers with 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting. Kenny Williams added 16 points and seven assists, while Coby White contributed 15 points and eight assists. Luke Maye scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Chris Lykes led Miami with 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting, while Anthony Lawrence added 18 points.
Johnson Returns to Form
After making at least one three-pointer in UNC’s first 15 games, Cameron Johnson failed to connect from deep against Louisville or Notre Dame. The fifth-year wing found his groove in Miami, knocking down five three-pointers in seven attempts, one off his season-high for makes.
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