Cole Anthony dazzles in record-breaking UNC debut

Ruben Hill
November 9, 2019

Anthony, the son of former National Basketball Association guard and latest tv analyst Greg Anthony, established the bar substantial for the remainder of his initially (and probable only) time in Chapel Hill, exploding for 34 points, 11 rebounds and five helps in a 76-65 victory in excess of Notre Dame.

Anthony stayed hot in the second half - he added nine quick points and, again, helped seize momentum for UNC, which led 48-46 at the under-12 timeout.

With players like Michael Jordan, Jerry Stackhouse, Vince Carter and others having played for the Tar Heels, the performance by Anthony is even more impressive considering the resumes those players built over the years. Freshman Cole Anthony is the most lauded incoming freshman after earning 2019 USA Today first-team All-America honors as well as being named Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year and the 2019 McDonald's All-American Game MVP.

The scoring mark breaks the record for a UNC debut, besting Rashad McCants' 28-point effort in 2002.

Prentiss Hubb scored 22 points for Notre Dame, while T.J. Gibbs poured in 19 points and John Mooney had 10. And after Platek tossed a fast-break alley-oop to Armando Bacot to boost UNC's lead to 65-52, North Carolina's sloppy first half was a distant memory.

To make matters worse, the Heels will be without senior guard/wing Brandon Robinson, who went down in the opening minutes of the WSSU game on Friday, and junior center Sterling Manley, who's still dealing with left knee soreness that sidelined him for half of his sophomore season.

It was the 700th ACC regular-season victory for North Carolina, the most in league history.

Who do they play next? The Seahawks are coached by C.B. McGrath, a former UNC assistant coach of 14 years.

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