CHAPEL HILL — At halftime of Saturday afternoon’s 67-55 win against N.C. State, North Carolina coach Roy Williams and his assistants weren’t pleased by much.
No. 5 UNC entered the break tied at 29 with N.C. State (10-8, 0-5 ACC), allowing the Wolfpack to shoot 46.6 percent while only making 34.4 percent of its own shots.
For most of the half, UNC struggled to rebound, and at one point, NCSU had a 10-3 rebounding advantage.
All told, it wasn’t a very pretty opening 20 minutes.
As the team gathered in the locker room, assistant coach Hubert Davis had praise for just one player: Nate Britt.
“He was huge,” guard Marcus Paige said of Britt. “Coach Davis, when we came in the locker room, said he was the only one giving us anything in the first half.”
Though the point guard registered just three points in the first half, and finished without adding any in the second, Britt not only helped contain Wolfpack point guard Cat Barber, but he also gave the Tar Heels (16-2, 5-0) a crucial spark off the bench when nothing was clicking
“The story in the first half was that Nate Britt was the only guy that gave us a chance,” Williams said. “I thought he really picked us up defensively.”