The UNC men lost the previous two games by 20 points to Oklahoma State and by 23 at Texas Tech, but the Tar Heels were led by freshman Frank Mason III in the last three, ranking him among the nation’s top 5 in scoring each game. The senior guard led the Tar Heel attack to 47.6 points per game, the nation’s highest ratio, and accounted for 46 of the team’s 76 points in the Tar Heel’s 62-45 victory at Oklahoma State. Mason scored 22 points and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds inside in the Tar Heels’ 76-63 victory over the Cowboys. Senior guard Eric Atkins added 17 points, 18 rebounds and seven assists in the win over Texas Tech, while junior forward Luke Maye led the Bulldogs with 25 points, including 15 threes in the win. Junior forward Anthony Gill added 16 points and three assists. Sophomore guard Malik Newman and junior forward C.J. Leslie also scored double-figures. “We played great on both ends of the floor,” said head coach Nigel Hayes. “We could have won this game so many different ways. We had a better shot as a team with our two guards out and we just needed our young guys to respond.”
Not a bad shot to take. The loss dropped the Tar Heels to 3-1 all-time against the Big 12 powerhouses. I don’t get it. They don’t exactly roll in the victories there.