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The whistle was pivotal in the Tar Heels’ 54-51 victory and helped limit Scott to 22 minutes, his fewest in an
Scott said he was merely blocking out and thought Henson overreacted to what little contact there was.
Henson "whipped back because there was an elbow in his face," Williams said. "They (the officials) went over and looked at (the replay) to see if it was something (flagrant), but it wasn't. I don't think that John is that good of an actor, and his face doesn't run into too many elbows.
"I'm not saying that it was flagrant, but it was a foul. I don't think that there was any reason to draw a foul there, and you certainly don't want to draw it with your face on someone's elbow. That's not very pleasant."
While praising Henson and
"We were lucky because he missed some shots he usually makes," Williams said. "But John and [Tyler Zeller] really stayed on him most of the time. They have that size that can bother Mike Scott's outside shot.
"But again, it was a problem for them when he got into foul trouble just like it was a problem for us. Mike Scott and Tyler Zeller were both sitting on the bench in the last four minutes of the game. I think he was 1-for-8 at half and 2-for-5 in the second, which is not typical of his numbers to say the least."
Entering the game, Scott was averaging 17.3 points and shooting 58.8 percent from the field.
Of the wide-open corner 3-pointer that Virginia's Sammy Zeglinski missed in the waning seconds, Williams said: "We messed up on the defensive end. … We were very lucky that it didn't go in. That's the bottom line."
Finally, Williams offered this accurate, some might consider coarse, description of the afternoon: "It was a hard-fought game; it was a tough ass game."
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