While North Carolina got off to a good start in Tuesday’s win over Syracuse, things got interesting in the final few minutes.
The Tar Heels blew a 10-point lead and fell behind 68-66 with just over 30 seconds to play. After a Judah Mintz bucket to give ‘Cuse the lead, Armando Bacot found a cutting Pete Nance who was fouled going up. Nance made the first free throw and then missed the second.
But he was in the right spot at the right time.
Joe Girard attempted to save the ball from going out of bounds and re-directed it right to Nance’s hands. The forward then laid the ball in the bucket to give UNC the lead.
🚨LITTLE PLAYS MATTER IN BASKETBALL🚨
• Syracuse C Jesse Edwards has just fouled out
• Allows Armando Bacot to clear out backup Mounir Hima
• Creates space for Leaky Black to get a hand on the ball
• Joe Girard saves to Pete Nance (cardinal sin)
• Nance bucket
— Isaac Schade (@isaacschade) January 25, 2023
From there, UNC would go on to make 3 of their next 4 free throws to seal the deal and get a tough road win. They moved to 7-3 in conference play before returning to the court next week to face Pitt and then a road game at Duke.
Nance came up big for UNC, finishing the game with 21 points. But his final two were the biggest in the game by far.
PETE NANCE IS A WIZARD
— Second Take (TRUSTIN FIELDS) (@2nd_take) January 25, 2023
PETE NANCE I LOVE YOU
— the tennis man 🔔 (It is always CHIYA SZN 🐰🤟) (@tennis__man_) January 25, 2023
Wow lol Pete Nance with the unconventional 3 point play. Carolina is a defensive stop away from pulling this game off.
— Clifford Burns (@CBurns20) January 25, 2023
— The Squirrel Hill Tunnel Cracka, JD (@_TheChuck_) January 25, 2023
Pete Nance way to stick with the playyyyy
— Candace Cooper (@CandaceDCooper) January 25, 2023