North Carolina Keeps Tourney Hopes Alive with Smashing of Georgia Tech

Rollin YeattsFeatured ColumnistFebruary 19, 2013

Jan 29, 2013; Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels forward James Michael McAdoo (43) during the first half against the Boston College Eagles at Conte Forum.   Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

North Carolina (18-8, 8-5 ACC) came through with a dominant 70-58 win over Georgia Tech (14-11, 4-9 ACC), but this wasn't a pretty game by any means. Both teams shot under 40 percent from the field.

James Michael McAdoo was the most efficient scorer on the floor, scoring 22 points on 9-of-19 shooting. He also pulled in 11 rebounds, four steals and two assists.

He seems to be finding his way at center.

Meanwhile, Georgia Tech wasn't finding its way on anything. It shot itself in the foot with a 4-of-11 performance from the free-throw line. To top it off, the team shot 39.7 percent from the floor.

That won't do much against the ACC's top scoring offense.

Give the Tar Heels' defense some credit, though. They continued to give Georgia Tech open looks on the perimeter—a common issue this season—but they made up for it by snatching 14 steals.

Georgia Tech was able to hold tight in the first half, but it was all North Carolina in the second. The Yellow Jackets even went on a scoreless seven-minute stretch.

It was not their day, and Carolina escaped tournament tragedy with just its third road win in conference play.