Chapel Hill, N.C. — North Carolina (8-6, 1-2 ACC) got off to an awful offensive start against Georgia Tech (6-7, 1-2 ACC), but by the time they found their shot, it was too late.
The 96-83 final score, though, does not reflect the ugliness of the game in the opening minutes.
The Tar Heels missed their first 15 field-goal attempts and did not hit their first field goal until the 6:49 mark of the first half.
The Tar Heels shot 50% in the second half and poured in 56 points – more than double their first-half output – but it wasn’t enough.
Carolina trailed by as many as 24 points in the first half and quickly cut the lead to 9 points with 16:01 to go, but they couldn’t get it within single digits again, even if the lead hovered around 11 and seemingly within arm’s reach for the Tar Heels – just not quite, especially as they couldn’t get stops on the other end.
The Yellow Jackets shot 59% from the field for the game and had a whopping 58 points in the paint.
UNC junior Garrison Brooks had a career-high 35 points on 9 of 18 shooting and 11 rebounds.
Georgia Tech began this season 4-5, including an 18-point home loss to Ball State, but they did not have point guard Jose Alvarado for six games. He’s been back for four games now and led the Yellow Jackets with a season-high 29 points.