The Tar Heels have won 10 non-conference games in the regular season for the 15th time in 16 seasons under Roy Williams.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – No. 15 North Carolina polished off its non-conference slate with a 77-57 victory over Harvard on Wednesday punctuated by strong defensive play after halftime.
Tommy Amaker’s squad battled for the better part of 25 minutes, making just enough shots and playing solid enough defense to pull within 44-39 with 16:24 to play. It was then the Tar Heels (10-3) locked down defensively and put the game away with a 16-1 run. Harvard missed 11 consecutive field goal attempts as UNC held its Ivy League opponent scoreless for a six-minute stretch to build a 60-40 lead.
“I think during that stretch we got some stops defensively with our switch,” UNC head coach Roy Williams told reporters following the victory. “They turned it over a couple of times then we came down and got good shots and they went in for us.”
The Tar Heels held Harvard to 38.9 percent shooting, including a 34.4 percent effort after halftime. UNC shot 41.9 percent from the floor and 28.6 percent from three-point range. Five Tar Heels scored in double figures – Luke Maye (14), Coby White (13), Cameron Johnson (13), Nassir Little (12) and Kenny Williams (11).
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