Carolina rode the hot hand of All-American John Roche in defeating the NC State Wolfpack 82-69, at Reynolds Coliseum. Roche riddled the Pack defense for 37 points, 22 in the second half, before fouling out with two minutes left.
NC State shot a sizzling 60% in the first half, but still trailed the powerful Gamecocks 42-41 at the break. The second half was a different story, as the USC defense clamped down, holding NCSU to only 33% shooting. Carolina jumped out to a quick ten-point lead and never looked back, improving to 19-4 on the season.
Tom Owens also had a big game, as did the legendary Roche. Owens grabbed 15 rebounds, and chipped in with 11 points.