The rookie seasons for running backs Javonte Williams and Michael Carter had some big highlights but Week 18 wasn’t one of them. Javonte Williams rushed 12 times for 46 yards and caught two passes for 18 yards in Denver’s 28–24 home loss Saturday to the Kansas City Chiefs.
CHAPEL HILL — How a team responds to a devastating defeat is a good test of its character, resolve and resilience. No. 19 North Carolina was off the charts in all three categories Sunday night against a good Virginia Tech team. The Tar Heels (14–1, 4–1 ACC) used an 18–2 first-half run to take control, led by as many as 32 points and rolled to a 71–46 victory at Carmichael Arena to snap a three-game home losing streak against the Hokies.
Seventh Woods had his best game of the season last week for Morgan State. After dishing out seven assists in his five games before Wednesday, he had a career-high-tying eight assists along with 11 points in Morgan State’s 100–41 home win over Goucher College. He was 4 of 5 from the floor with five rebounds, a block and a steal.
Cole Anthony consistently is delivering one good game after another but the frustrating losses for his Orlando Magic are coming at the same pace. Anthony contributed 19 points, eight rebounds, six assists on Saturday, but it came in a 97–92 road loss to the Detroit Pistons (8–30), in a matchup of the NBA’s two worst teams. It was the eighth consecutive loss for the Magic (7–33), which has the worst record in the league.
CHAPEL HILL — How do you beat Virginia’s pack line defense? North Carolina more than met that challenge in a 74–58 victory in the Smith Center with good ball movement, quick cross-court passes and good shooting. The most effective weapon against Virginia on Saturday, though, was Armando Bacot, who couldn’t be stopped and had career-highs of 29 points and 21 rebounds.