The University of North Carolina and Villanova University men’s basketball teams scrimmaged for more than 50 minutes on Sunday at the Dean E. Smith Center.
Villanova won the first two segments (44-36 in a 20-minute half and 8-7 in a six-minute segment with just non-starters), while the Tar Heels won the final two periods (43-36 in a 20-minute half and 18-12 in an eight-minute period that featured zone defenses by both teams).
“It was great for us to scrimmage a team that is so well coached and plays as hard as they do,” says UNC head coach Roy Williams. “It will do nothing but help us. We were able to look at a lot of things that will help us down the line and I hope will help Jay’s club, too. They were much more aggressive than we were in the first part of the scrimmage. We got more in line with the way we want to play after that.”
Over the full 54 minutes, Carolina shot 50.6 percent from the floor and made 9 of 25 three-pointers, out-rebounded the Wildcats, 49-47, and held Villanova to 39.1 percent from the floor and 39.2 percent (20 of 51) from three-point range. Both teams turned the ball over 17 times.
Villanova’s Justin Moore made 9 of 12 three-pointers and led all scorers with 39 points. Moore scored 18 in the first period, 15 in the second and six in the zone segment.
Cole Anthony led UNC with 28 points. He was one of four Tar Heels to score in double figures with Armando Bacot (18), Garrison Brooks (14) and Leaky Black (12).
The Tar Heels shot 36 percent from the floor and 1 of 10 from three in the period they lost by eight points, and 66.7 percent from the floor and 5 of 8 from three in the period they won, 43-36.
Anthony (12) and Black (10) both made a pair of threes and combined for 22 points, and Brooks had eight points and eight rebounds in the second 20-minute segment.
Brooks (11) and Bacot (9) combined for 20 rebounds over the full scrimmage.
The Tar Heels play host to Winston-Salem State in another exhibition game on Friday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m.