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Off the cuff: While Carolina had to overcome Andrew Goudelock - something the Heels couldn't do last year - Goudelock only hit 11 of 27 points and he went 10 minutes without a point. Dexter Strickland mainly had the responsibility in covering Goudelock.

During the two minutes in which Goudelock hit those 13 points, including three threes, he really had no open shots. He just hit very, very long or tightly-covered shots.

Carolina got into the more uptempo, fast-breaking style in the second half and tired the Cougars. With a little better free throw shooting and without those wild threes from Goudelock, it would have been a comfortable margin.

But it wasn't.

"I loved our poise," UNC coach Roy Williams said. "they go up five and Goudelock's making some unbelievable shots, and we kept playing. I don't want to call a timeout and have the kids panic. I think you get stronger through the course of your program if the kids can figure it out themselves."

Even though Williams seems to be trying to inject confidence in his young team for the way they persevered, it's going to be tough for the Heels to win at Illinois Tuesday.

Tar Heels 74, Charleston 69
UNC rallies behind Henson for tight win

If it weren’t for John Henson’s career high 19 points, College of Charleston’s Andrew Goudelock would have done it to North Carolina again.  Instead, UNC came from five down in the second half to win by five 74-69 at home. (11/28)

Goudelock, last year’s hero for Charleston, rained in five three pointers including two back-to-back to give Charleston its biggest lead at 48-43 in the second half. But the Tar Heels wore down the Cougars and, with the score tied at 56, went on an 15-5 run to get the lead up to double digits for the only time in the game at 71-61 with less than two minutes left. It never got closer than the final five-point difference.

Carolina’s run was highlighted  by a Harrison Barnes steal and subsequent Dexter Strickland dunk and a long, low-trajectory hook shot by Henson.

UNC led by as many as six points in the first half but the points didn’t come easy for either team as the Heels led just 28-27. The Tar Heels looked much more fluid in the second half as they scored 46 points but 13 points by Goudelock over a two-minute span kept them from pulling away.

"I thought our team in the second half came together with more emotion, more enthusiasm," UNC coach Roy Williams said. "I think they lost themselves in the game more than they have at any point this year, and I think that's the way you grow and mature as a team."

However, Williams looked frustrated at times during the game as Carolina went through sloppy spells and didn’t get a lot of help from a relatively quiet home crowd.

Henson generated excitement with his eight for 11 performance for 19 points, along with a pair of blocks and seven rebounds.

Goudelock scored a game-high 28 points.

Carolina, 4-2, plays Tuesday at No. 19 Illinois in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

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