Basketball: No. 11 UNC beats Nevada 80-73 for Williams’ 600th
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – Deon Thompson scored a career-high 23 points and No. 11 North Carolina beat pesky Nevada 80-73 on Sunday night to give coach Roy Williams his 600th career victory.
Ed Davis added 16 points, 15 rebounds and a pair of momentum-changing blocked shots late for the Tar Heels (6-1).
They endured an uncharacteristic second-half slump, warmed up down the stretch with an 11-3 spurt and hit 4 of 7 free throws in the final minute to dodge Nevada’s upset bid.
Armon Johnson scored 20 points and Luke Babbitt added 13 to lead Nevada (2-3). The Wolf Pack shot 41 percent and held the Tar Heels without a field goal for five minutes before missing 10 of their final 14 shots.
That was enough to make Williams the 33rd coach in Division I history to reach the 600-victory mark.