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Off the cuff: UNC coach Roy Williams played 10 guys who played at least 11 minutes against Saint Francis. He said he likes to build depth early in the season by letting that many play.

But don't expect that many Tar Heels to play as the competition gets tougher and the Heels start league play.

"The rotation will tighten up," he said. "I'm comfortable playing eight or nine guys - I don't have a problem with that."

Garrison Brooks, a starter, got in foul trouble early and only played 12 minutes. Brandon Robinson, playing just 11 minutes, got his career high in points with 11.

If no one gets injured and the Heels stay out of foul trouble, it appears that Brandon Huffman will see his playing time diminish from last season. He was not in the 10 players who played at least 11 minutes.

With the rapid rise of Leaky Black, Andrew Platek's playing time has diminished this season as well.

The 10 who got the most playing time in this one were in order: Cameron Johnson, Kenny Williams, Luke Maye, Coby White, Seventh Woods, Nassir Little, Sterling Manley, Leaky Blake, Garrison Brooks and Brandon Robinson.

Kenny Smith's son K.J. might not play a lot but he looks comfortable, confident and in control when he gets in late in games. After scoring five in the previous game, he drained a three from the right corner with less than two minutes to go. On the run, he later whipped a left-handed pass across court on target to a teammate. He would be a star at a smaller school.

Tar Heels 101, Saint Francis 76
UNC uses 2 big runs to win going away

North Carolina, which let most of a 16-point halftime lead dwindle, responded with a pair of scoring runs to pull away from Saint Francis 101-76 in Chapel Hill. (11/19)

After the Red Flash cut a 52-36 halftime lead to 58-52 in the first four minutes of the second half, the Tar Heels went on an 11-0 run to go up 69-52. UNC's Kenny Williams, who hasn't shot the ball well so far this season, started the run with a three from the right corner. Once Brandon Robinson, who had a career-high 11 points, hit a pair of free throws, the Heels were in control again, up by 17.

A couple of minutes later, Carolina went on a 15-3 run to work the margin up to 24 points at 90-66. Seventh Woods' floor generalship combined with Nassir Little's offense led that charge.

Little, who scored seven of his 19 points during the stretch, put down a lob from Woods and was fouled to highlight the run.

"We had a couple of nice stretches," UNC coach Roy Williams said. "Seventh, during that one stretch in the second half, was really good."

Woods, who early in the game committed a couple of turnovers, dished out seven assists and never turned the ball over again.

Coach Williams said Carolina's 18 turnovers was the most discouraging thing about the game. He also pointed to fouls and putting Saint Francis on the foul line as negatives.

That kind of play isn't going to fly as the compeition gets tougher, he said. "If we play like we did in some stretches, (the upcoming games are) going to be unpleasant for us.

Carolina, now 5-0, play Texas on Thanksgiving night and then play either Michigan State or UCLA in the Las Vegas Invitational. Then, on Nov. 28, the Heels travel to Michigan.

In addition to Little's 19 points and Robinson's 11 points, three other Tar Heels scored in double figures. Cam Johnson led the way with 20 points while Coby White added 16 and Luke Maye chipped in 11 to go with 10 rebounds.

Box score

UNC's Nassir Little shoots over a Saint Francis defender. (UNC Sports Information photo)


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