CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Cole Anthony scored 19 of his 28 points in the second half to help North Carolina beat Wake Forest 93-83 on Tuesday night.
North Carolina's Leaky Black (1) drives on Wake Forest's Ismael Massoud (25) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Tuesday, March 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Chris Seward)
Garrison Brooks added 25 points for the Tar Heels (13-17, 6-13 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their third straight game after a seven-game losing streak.
Brandon Robinson had 18 points and made five 3-pointers for North Carolina. The Tar Heels shot 51% from the field, including 64% in the second half, and made 10 of 17 3-point attempts in the game.
North Carolina, which lost at Wake Forest 74-57 on Feb. 11, avoided its first season sweep at the hands of the Demon Deacons since 2003.
The Tar Heels used a 10-3 spurt to take a 75-66 lead with six minutes remaining as part of a stretch in which they scored on six of seven possessions.
Brandon Childress scored 24 points and Isaiah Mucius had 13 to lead Wake Forest (13-16, 6-13).
Olivier Sarr added 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Jahcobi Neath had 10 points for the Demon Deacons.
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons dropped to 2-10 on the road, including 1-8 in conference play, to continue a decade-long trend of road woes. Wake Forest is now 8-80 in ACC road games since the start of the 2010-11 season.
North Carolina: The Tar Heels entered the game in last place in the ACC, but their three-game winning streak is the second longest active streak in the conference. Given their improved play down the stretch and the notion that they are better than their record indicates, they will be a popular pick to create some havoc at next week’s ACC tournament.
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons wrap up their regular season Friday night at North Carolina State, which beat them 91-82 on Dec. 7.
North Carolina: The Tar Heels play on Saturday night at No. 12 Duke, which beat them 98-96 in overtime on Feb. 8.