UNC avoids FGCU upset as Brice Johnson takes over in second half

RALEIGH, N.C. — Florida Gulf Coast trailed North Carolina by one, was surging with confidence and shooting 60 percent from the field at halftime of the 1 vs. 16 matchup on Thursday night. The Tar Heels fans from around the area who gobbled up tickets had an anxious tone with their cheers, seeing the Eagles come up with answer after answer against the ACC champions.

North Carolina’s players were stunned a bit, according to Florida Gulf Coast’s Marc-Eddy Norelia. No UNC team has allowed a 60 percent shooting half in the NCAA Tournament since playing Texas Tech in 1996. For those who may remember (or choose not to), that was the game most notable for Darvin Ham shattering a backboard.