Brewer: NCAA Opener Flashback
Carolina in the NCAA First Round
March 15, 1991
North Carolina---101 Northeastern-- 66
by Rick Brewer, Sports Information Director Emeritus
SYRACUSE -- Fourth-ranked North Carolina placed five players in double figures and pounded Northeastern, 101-66, in an NCAA first round game at the Carrier Dome.
The victory sent the Tar Heels, the top seed in the East Regional, on to face Villanova in the second round.
The 35-point win was Carolina's largest margin of victory ever in an NCAA Tournament game.
The Tar Heels shot 62.5 percent in the first half and limited the Huskies to just a 30.9 mark as they took a 50-29 halftime lead. Carolina shot 58.3 percent for the game and Northeastern finished at 37.5. The Tar Heels also out-rebounded the Huskies, 47-32.
Rick Fox and Hubert Davis led a balanced attack with 16 points each. Pete Chilcutt and George Lynch had 12 each and Clifford Rozier added 10. All 15 Carolina players saw at least four minutes of action with 13 of them scoring.
Northeastern tried to match the Tar Heels' running and pressing style. But, they could not keep up with a deeper and simply more talented Carolina team.
"That's the way we play," said Huskie Coach Karl Fogel. "It would be hard to ask our team to change everything in three days. I would have liked a slower pace, but Carolina won't let you play that way.
"They get in your face on defense and their fast break was awesome."
The Tar Heels built a 20-point lead, 38-18, with 6:32 remaining in the first half. Northeastern got back into the game by cutting that to 39-29 in just over two minutes. But, Carolina scored the final 11 points of the half for its 50-39 lead at intermission.
King Rice had six points in that deciding stretch, including two fast break layups. Fox hit a three-pointer and Lynch scored on a dunk.
"I thought we played especially well for the first 30 minutes to build that big lead," said Coach Dean Smith. "Fox really got us going with his defense early in the game. I think all four of his steals led to fast break baskets.
"They're very quick, but we had a size advantage and were able to take advantage of that. However, we know the pace against Villanova in our next game will be quite different from this one."
The victory improved the Tar Heel record to 26-5.