CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The fifth-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels were stunned Wednesday night by unranked Wofford College, snapping the reigning national champion’s 23-game home winning streak.
Backed by guard Fletcher Magee’s 27 points, Wofford was able to make key shots down the stretch to fend off UNC’s late-game run.
Coming into the game as a 25-point underdog, Wofford made one of the largest point-spread upsets since 2005, ESPN reports.
“We’ve got to by God be ready to play and not act like we’re prima donnas, (that) we’ve got North Carolina (on their jersey) and we can walk out there and the other team is going to fold,” said UNC coach Roy Williams. “That team outworked us.”
UNC lost its first game to an unranked team while being ranked in the top five since losing to Boston College in January 2009.
Joel Berry II led UNC with 23 points while Luke Maye struggled, going only 4-16 from the field.
The Tar Heels will face Ohio State at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.