UNC's Hairston shoots out of slump

January 2, 2012 

As expected, UNC coach Roy Williams gave his reserves extended playing time on Sunday. No starter played more than Kendall Marshall's 26 minutes, and Reggie Bullock, P.J. Hairston and James Michael McAdoo - the first three players off the bench - all played at least 17 minutes.

Hairston entered the game shooting 36.4 percent from 3-point range, but since the Tar Heels' loss at Kentucky on Dec. 3, he'd made just 3 of his past 21 attempts from behind the 3-point line. The freshman broke out of his shooting slump and made 4 of his 9 3-point attempts against Monmouth.

UNC held a significant size advantage at every position and that was especially obvious at the beginning of the game, when 5-foot-8 Monmouth guard Jesse Steele matched up against the 6-foot-11 John Henson for the tip-off. Steele didn't jump for the ball, but instead attempted to sprint into the backcourt to steal the tip.

News & Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service