GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina coach Roy Williams wants his team to relentlessly attack the boards in a withering vogue that wears down opponents, attracts fouls and results in easy buckets.
As soon as they did that Thursday, the Tar Heels wrestled sustain watch over of a bodily sport away from No. 22 Virginia Tech in the Atlantic Flee Convention Tournament.
Armando Bacot had 17 points and 13 rebounds to help UNC beat the Hokies 81-73 in the quarterfinals, a win that came completely after a 2nd-half of surge built on the Tar Heels finally getting to the glass.
“What I’m hoping (is) that we’re upright going to maintain coming, and sustain coming, and sustain coming, and sustain coming,” Williams stated.
It wasn’t till Bacot led that effort that the sixth-seeded Tar Heels (18-9) earned a semifinal matchup with No. 15 Florida Recount. He scored 13 of his points after halftime, including a flee of 10 in a row as UNC ragged a 11-2 flee to interrupt a 49-all tie. Bacot’s flurry included three 2nd-likelihood baskets, the last a putback of a missed Caleb Esteem drive for a 68-58 lead near the 5-minute label.
A night earlier, the Tar Heels had 25 offensive rebounds and 27 2nd-likelihood points in a rout of Notre Dame. This time, UNC didn’t attain its most efficient work till after halftime, pulling down 13 offensive boards and scoring 15 2nd-likelihood points.
“I think they got better, if that’s that you may possibly perchance possibly perchance perchance possibly imagine, at the half of,” Virginia Tech coach Mike Younger stated.
Bacot finished with nine 2nd-half of rebounds, section of the Tar Heels’ 27-17 rebounding edge in the final 20 minutes.
“He is aware of find out how to rep under my skin,” Bacot stated of Williams’ halftime push for more effort, adding: “He upright makes use of the phrase gentle quite a bit, and I don’t like when he’s saying it.”
Justyn Mutts scored a season-excessive 24 points on 10-for-16 shooting for the third-seeded Hokies (15-6), who were playing their first sport since Feb. 27 after having their last two standard-season video games canceled due to contact tracing.
Tyrece Radford added 20 for Virginia Tech, which shot 47% and made 8 of 18 3-pointers. However the Hokies went from allowing upright two offensive rebounds and two 2nd-likelihood points in the first half of to letting Bacot and Day”Ron Sharpe rep free on the glass because the sport wore on.
“You combine some conditioning disorders and then you definitely’re banging with — it’s like they’ve got seven other folks,” Younger stated. “That’s onerous. My guys did everything they may be able to. We upright didn’t fill rather ample to win it.”
UNC: The Tar Heels entered after lopsided wins against rival Duke and Notre Dame, with Wednesday’s 42-point margin against the Fighting Irish the program’s largest in any ACC Tournament sport. Things were more difficult in this one. It helped that freshman guard RJ Davis had 14 of his season-excessive 19 points after halftime — including three of his four 3-pointers — to counterpoint the Tar Heels’ work inside.
Virginia Tech: The Hokies had played upright twice in 5 weeks but were efficient offensively and in keeping the Tar Heels off the glass for a half of. The Hokies were trying to succeed in the semifinals for the first time since 2011 and fourth time overall.
“We’re no longer going responsible the loss on the discontinue or anything,” guard Wabissa Bede stated. “That was as soon as upright us. We were very succesful of winning that sport regardless. Next time we’ll find a plan to.”
MOVING PAST KNIGHT
It marked Williams’ 903rd career victory, breaking a tie with Bob Knight for third on the Division I men’s list to recede completely Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim.
Dilapidated Connecticut coach Jim Boeheim, now at Division III St. Joseph’s, has won 873 as a Division I coach and 917 overall.
Leaky Unlit scored all eight of his points after halftime for UNC, including two 3s. … Nahiem Alleyne had all 12 of his points after halftime for Virginia Tech, all on 3s. … Hokies leading scorer Keve Aluma (15.9 points) finished with nine on 4-for-13 shooting. … UNC senior Garrison Brooks had 5 points after missing the Notre Dame win with an ankle injury. Williams stated Brooks is “light a dinky hampered.”
UNC: The Tar Heels face 2nd-seeded Florida Recount in Friday’s semifinals. The Seminoles superior when their quarterfinal matchup with Duke was as soon as canceled after the Blue Devils withdrew due to a obvious COVID-19 test within their program.
Virginia Tech: The Hokies will wait to study their NCAA Tournament seeding.
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