Tar Heels Fans Floored After Football, Men’s Basketball Lose to Unranked Teams
Fans of UNC’s men’s and women’s basketball teams were not happy Friday night after seeing their programs lose in two stunning upsets against unranked rivals. The first surprise came in front a large home crowd at Kenan Memorial Stadium, as No. 17 UNC (9-3) squared off against heated rival North Carolina State (8-4). Drake Maye, Tar Heels’ quarterback, attempted to send the game into overtime with a back-and forth affair that ended on the final play.
At first, it seemed that John Copenhaver was the Heisman hopeful. However, a review determined that the tight end failed to complete the catch. Maye won the re-do and threw a touchdown to Antoine Green.
A pair of field goals by both teams sent the game to an extra time. This time, the outcome was decided between the kickers. In the end, the Wolfpack would prevail thanks to a converted 21-yarder by NC State’s Christopher Dunn and a missed 35-yarder by UNC’s Noah Burnette.
Maye would end the night 29-of-49 for 233 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
Falling in such heartbreaking fashion would typically be enough for one fanbase for one night. Unfortunately, this was not the end of the evening.
After NC State officially defeated UNC at 7: 34 p.m. ET, a battle on hardwood between No. 1 UNC (5-1), Iowa State (5-0), were entering the final seconds at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon. Both programs are participating in the Phil Knight Invitational.
A 61-61 tie soon turned into a 9-4 Cyclones run, thanks to clutch plays by guards Caleb Grill and Jaren Holmes down the stretch. At approximately 7: 42 p.m. ET, UNC lost the contest, 70-65, to put an end to their undefeated season.
Grill and Holmes torched the Tar Heels for 31 and 22 points respectively. For UNC, guards R.J. Davis and Caleb Love combined for 27 points on 9-of-28 shooting while forward Armando Bacot added 13 points, nine rebounds and five turnovers.
On a night where Tar Heels supporters hoped their teams could secure important wins, Friday ended up bringing unfavorable results in two sports less than 10 minutes apart.
Those who reveled in UNC’s defeat over the weekend might not be able to enjoy the future for both programs. After their outstanding year, Mack Brown and his team will be meeting with Clemson to compete for the ACC championship. Coach Hubert Davis and his team will be looking to rebound from their early-season setback by winning on Sunday to close out the invitational.
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