basketball-men-d1 flag

Associated Press | December 15, 2019

Wofford upsets No. 17 North Carolina, earns second AP Top 25 win ever

Louisville retains top spot in latest Power 36 rankings

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. Wofford traveled to Chapel Hill and shocked a ranked North Carolina team again, getting 19 points from Trevor Stumpe and riding a 16-0 run in the second half to a 68-64 win over the 17th-ranked Tar Heels on Sunday.

Storm Murphy added 15 points and Messiah Jones had 13 points for the Terriers (7-4), who went on the road to beat North Carolina for the second time in three years.

Wofford made four 3-pointers during its decisive spurt, a 6-minute stretch in which the Tar Heels missed 10 consecutive shots.

STATS: Full box score from Wofford's upset win

Garrison Brooks had 17 points and 12 rebounds for North Carolina in its first regular-season game at Carmichael Arena since Jan. 4, 1986.

Brandon Robinson added a career-high 16 points for the Tar Heels, who lost their third straight game. They cut Wofford’s lead to 65-61 with 51.5 seconds remaining but got no closer.

North Carolina (6-4) played without starters Cole Anthony (right knee) and Leaky Black (sprained right foot). The school said treatment plans are being evaluated for Anthony, the second-leading scorer among freshmen nationally, who is averaging 19.1 points.

BIG PICTURE

Wofford: The Terriers took advantage of their opportunity to play North Carolina without Anthony, its best player and leading scorer. In doing so, they showed why they’re dangerous. Wofford scrapped against the taller Tar Heels inside and stretched out North Carolina’s defense on the perimeter to generate plenty of open 3-point shots.

North Carolina: The Tar Heels were struggling on offense when they had Anthony, albeit against some of the nation’s best defenses. They aren’t likely to be successful this season against anyone if they have to play long stretches without him. That became obvious in the second half, when they couldn’t generate offense without his ability to drive and draw defenders.

NET RANKINGS: What to expect in Monday's first reveal | The NET rankings, explained

UP NEXT

Wofford: The Terriers play the second of four consecutive road games, staying on Tobacco Road with a trip to No. 7 Duke.

North Carolina: The Tar Heels’ grueling stretch continues with a cross-country trip. They play at No. 6 Gonzaga on Wednesday night, their fifth game in the last six against an opponent currently ranked in the top 10.

This article was written by The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.

Carmichael Auditorium: Quick facts about North Carolina's historic arena

North Carolina will play a game in historic Carmichael Auditorium against Wofford on Dec. 15. It's the first time the Tar Heels have played there since 2010.
READ MORE

How Wofford basketball is approaching one of the nation's toughest schedules with new-look roster, same-old moxie

Wofford reached the second round of the 2019 NCAA tournament. This season, with a first-year coach and a much different roster, the Terriers are hitting the road to some tough environments.
READ MORE

7 teams that could end North Dakota State's FCS dominance in 2019

North Dakota State has won the past two FCS national championships and seven of the last eight. These teams have the best shot at taking down the Bison in 2019.
READ MORE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners