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North Carolina simply wore down a tired Syracuse team in their 78-59 victory in round 2 of the ACC Tournament. It was a back and forth game early on with both teams trading baskets. Halfway through the first half, North Carolina led 20-16. The game was waiting for a team to take a step forward. The Tarheels answered the call. They would take an eight point lead down the stretch and ended up leading 39-29 at halftime.
North Carolina came out in the second half and shifted into another gear to set the tone for the rest of the game. They pushed a 10 point lead to 18 with a suffocating defense and never looked back. Syracuse would cut the lead to 10 on two different occasions but never seriously threatened the Tarheels. North Carolina’s transition game was potent as they repeatedly scored easy baskets. They also got timely offensive rebounds and put backs. North Carolina made the necessary plays to secure the win.
North Carolina was led by Kenny Williams’ 17 points. Theo Pinson had 16 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Luke Maye contributed 13 points and 9 rebounds, while Cameron Johnson chipped in 13 points and 4 assists.