The two will square off once again in Chapel Hill on Mar. 9, but until then the bragging rights lay in Durham following the 73-68 victory.
A back-and-forth affair for the most part, the Tar Heels got some nice performances on the perimeter from a number of their starters, most notably P.J. Hairston who finished the contest with 23 points.
In one of the more crucial match-ups in Wednesday’s tilt, sophomore forward James Michael McAdoo was held to only nine points on 4-of-12 shooting, while Mason Plumlee scored 18 points to win that individual battle.
From a highlight perspective however, McAdoo takes the cake, although his Tar Heels were not able to come away with the victory.
McAdoo drove baseline and when up and under the rim with a nice two-handed reverse jam.
Take a look at the video clip below:
In comparison, it bodes a similar comparison to Plumlee himself, who threw down an aggressive two-handed reverse dunk just a few weeks ago. The only difference as you can tell from the videos was that Plumlee caught the ball off a missed shot as opposed to McAdoo creating the jam off the dribble.
Take a look at Plumlee’s put-back slam below:
Overall, the Tar Heels put up a great fight on the road at Cameron Indoor on Wednesday night, but came up just short. It was nothing short of what was expected in this heated rivalry game and despite the loss and an overall mark of 16-8, the Tar Heels should still be just fine in their pursuit of the NCAA Tournament.
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