Centers Garrison Brooks, Brandon Huffman and Walker Kessler each put up double-doubles Saturday as their teams earned big conference victories. Brooks had 16 points and 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the season in Mississippi State’s 78–76 home victory over No. 24 Alabama.
On a weekend with injuries to two UNC alums, Nassir Little and Day’Ron Sharpe put up big games as starters and Justin Jackson was back in the G League showing why he shouldn’t be there.
CHAPEL HILL — While Carolina’s unquestioned key to success is Armando Bacot and Caleb Love playing well, winning consistently will require a big game from at least one other Tar Heel. Bacot and Love did their part Saturday night when that third guy was RJ Davis. He rebounded from a scoreless day against Virginia to score 16 of his 21 points in the first half as UNC (12–4, 4–1 ACC) rolled to a season sweep of Georgia Tech (7–9, 1–5) with an 88–65 victory.
On a night when 11 of the 13 UNC alums in the NBA had games, Cole Anthony, Day’Ron Sharpe, Harrison Barnes and Coby White all had big nights. Anthony missed his first career triple-double by one assist, Sharpe scored a career-high 20 points in 22 minutes in his first NBA start, Barnes scored 23 as Sacramento beat the Los Angeles Lakers and Coby White netted 16.
Brandon Huffman’s Jacksonville State team looked like it was going to get blown out Tuesday night, trailing by 20 points to ASUN Conference rival Lipscomb 4½ minutes into the second half. Huffman’s rebound and follow shot cut the deficit to two with 4:59 left and the Gamecocks finished off the rally for an 88–83 victory.