Northwestern Pete Nance forced overtime with a play designed by assistant coach Jeff Lebo in which Nance took an inbounds pass from Leaky Black and hit a turnaround jumper to tie game at 79 in the final seconds of regulation. Carolina then out-scored Ohio State, 10-5, in the extra period.
That was the first game ever at the Garden for RJ Davis of @step_basketball— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) December 17, 2022
‘I couldn’t lose in my home town’ pic.twitter.com/XwMNhxfx2K
Courtside view. pic.twitter.com/lCXimcp8Es— Carolina Basketball (@UNC_Basketball) December 18, 2022
Hubert Davis, who led the Tar Heels to the NCAA championship game last season in his first season as coach, received a video message during the game from former Knicks guard John Starks. He said he had prepared his team by showing them some clips of his glory days playing alongside Patrick Ewing with the Knicks. Ewing is also coaching high-major basketball now with Georgetown. “I showed them my rookie year when we played against the Phoenix Suns, and they set that screen on Doc Rivers and [there was] an all-out brawl,” Davis said. “Then I showed them in the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Chicago Bulls with Derek Harper, and I think it was Jo Jo — I can’t remember who it was from the Bulls. It was all-out brawl in the stands. “I told them, I don’t want you to get into a brawl, but I just wanted to let you know the experience that I had here at New York and the unbelievable teammates that I had that taught me so much about basketball and off the court, and one of those guys was John Starks. I couldn’t have asked to be drafted and spend the first four years of my NBA career with anybody different than John and Patrick Ewing and Charles Oakley and be coached by guys like Pat Riley and Jeff Van Gundy. It’s an unbelievable experience.” North Carolina big man Armando Bacot, one of four returning starters to a team that began the year as the preseason No. 1 but then lost four straight and dropped out of the AP poll, raved about his first game at the Garden. “It was great,” he said after putting up 28 points and 15 rebounds in the win. “The atmosphere out there, it’s like something, as a kid, you look and see all the historical games at the Garden, and I think this game could go down as one of those too. “Shout-out to the fans. Probably 15,000 or 16,000 Carolina fans, and seeing all the white and Carolina Blue, that really gave us a bump. They were all into it. My hat’s off to our fans.” Duke has long had big crowd support at the Garden, but Davis wants in on the action, too. He said he plans to bring the Tar Heels back to the Garden on a consistent basis, including to the Jimmy V Classic next December. “We’re playing in the Jimmy V Classic,” he said. “As long as I’m the head coach at North Carolina, we’ll always have a presence here in the Garden. This is home for us.” Follow Adam Zagoria on ZAGSBLOG Follow ZAGSBLOGHoops on Instagram And Like ZAGS on Facebook
Pete Nance on the game winning play. Said he had no time to be nervous pic.twitter.com/wYArCQYiQv— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) December 17, 2022