Manek and Bacot propel North Carolina past Louisville 70-63
North Carolina finished on a 6-0 run, holding Louisville scoreless for the final 2 minutes and 50 seconds. The Cardinals have only made one of their last nine shots.
Manek jumped from the baseline to extend North Carolina’s lead to 64-60 and after Malik Williams responded at the other end with a 3-pointer, Bacot scored his first points of the second half. -time on a dunk on a nice assist from Manek with 1: 33 remaining. Louisville missed its last four 3-pointers, and North Carolina sealed it with Caleb Love’s layup at 37.9.
RJ Davis and Love each added 16 points for North Carolina (20-8, 12-5 ACC). Leaky Black had seven points and Puff Johnson added two to round out the scoring for the Tar Heels, who played just eight players.
Manek scored 11 points in the first half, Armando Bacot had 10 points and eight rebounds, and the game was tied at 36. Bacot was 6 of 8 from the field and is two double-doubles away from tying the Brice Johnson’s program record for a single season.
Jae’Lyn Withers, Dr. Davis and Williams, in his second straight start, each scored 10 points for Louisville (12-15, 6-11). The Cardinals have lost eight of their last nine games.
Louisville plays Wake Forest on Saturday in the second of three straight road games. North Carolina plays at North Carolina State on Saturday, looking to sweep the season series after a 100-80 victory on Jan. 29.
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