What does it say when you are Yale and play arguably a B-minus game and have a shot to win at the buzzer at UNC?
It says that you have a strong, nationally recognized program that is getting stronger by the game.
UNC beat Yale narrowly at the Dean E. Smith Center, 70-67, despite outrebounding the Elis 48-34 and 15-1 on the offensive glass.
UNC led by four at the half and answered a 7-0 Yale run to start the second half with a 20-4 spurt. Yale had jumped out to an 11-2 lead to win the game before falling behind 52-39 with 8:49 to play.
Yale clawed back before Azar Swain’s 30-footer missed at the buzzer.
Swain, playing on a tender ankle, contributed 21 points to lead Yale and Jordan Bruner posted 17 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.
The Tar Heels improved to 8-5 on the season.
“It was a great college basketball game,” Yale coach James Jones said. “There are no moral victories, but the (team) played hard.”
Yale patiently used the clock throughout the game and held UNC to 36.6% shooting.
The loss before a crowd of 20,765 snapped a seven-game winning streak for Yale, who fell to 10-4 on the season.