Top-ranked North Carolina made Coach Dean Smith an NCAA record holder with his 13th consecutive 20-victory season as it defeated Furman, 78-43, last night in annual North-South (Carolina) action in Charlotte.
Smith, now 488-148 in his 22nd season, had shared the mark of 12 straight times a 20-game winner with Jerry Tarkanian of Nevada-Las Vegas. Tarkanian was stopped two years ago when UNLV went 16-12.
"I haven't won a game at all," Smith said after this one. "I've just happened to be the coach of some good teams."
Sam Perkins and Michael Jordan scored 13 points each as the Tar Heels won their 17th straight and raised their record to 20-3. UNC jumped to a 15-10 lead as Matt Doherty provided 10 points in the opening eight minutes.
Carolina's smothering man-to-man defense forced Furman into 17 first-half turnovers (32 for the night) as the Tar Heels took a 39-23 lead.
"Generally, defense carried us a lot further than I thought this year," Smith said.
North Carolina State, led by Ernie Myers' 18 points and Thurl Bailey's 16, turned back a rally by The Citadel to win the late game of the doubleheader, 57-47. The Bulldogs cut within 46-41 with 4:45 left; a three-point play by Sidney Lowe cinched it for the Wolfpack (12-7).