College Hoops: Davidson edges UNC junior varsity
Most of the snow and ice had melted away before Saturday morning, but Davidson County Community College's men's basketball team continued to feel the effects of the winter blast from last Wednesday.
In its annual game at the Dean E. Smith Center against the University of North Carolina junior varsity, DCCC resembled a team that had not picked up a basketball in a few days. Even with the lethargic effort, Davidson found just enough good play to grab a 82-76 win.
“I am not trying to blame it on the fact we did not practice in three days, but it is true,” said Storm coach Matt Ridge. “We just did not have energy, but Carolina plays hard and they are always coached well.”
The layoff along with a 10 a.m. start was clearly causing the visitors trouble early on. A high-scoring team, DCCC had only 11 points to show for eight minutes in and trailed by eight.
A pair of 3-pointers from Robert Story and Trey Smith book-ended two C.J. Woodberry layups in the post, as the 10-2 Storm run leveled the score at 21-all. The lead changed hands four times in the final eight minutes. Quinton Wimbish drained a 3 with 2:20 to go first half that put the Tar Heels ahead three. A 6-0 Storm run erased that, as DCCC went into the break up 38-35.
“After that slow start we came back and made some plays and worked hard,” said Ridge.
Davidson seemed to have shaken off the cobwebs to start the second half. The lead stood at nine after a Chalmers reverse layup, but UNC slowly chiseled away at the deficit.
With the margin down to seven, Lucas Weavil hit a 3-pointer and Justin Coleman added a 3-point play the hard way. After Toby Egbuna hit Weavil on a backdoor layup, the Tar Heels were back out in front at 66-65.
DCCC reeled off the next seven points, but North Carolina still had a comeback left in them. The Storm lead was cut to one with a minute left, until Story came up with a clutch 3-pointer in the corner. UNC hoisted up 3s on its next two trips, but both were missed. Chalmers hit a pair of free throws for the final tally.
“It is always fun to go back to the Smith Center for the players and myself,” Ridge said. “That is four years in a row we have gone down there and gotten a win.”
Story wound up with 18 points as one of five Storm players scoring in double figures.
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