This Day in Carolina History: Marcus Paige Eviscerates N.C. State
So, Tuesday didn’t go so well. North Carolina lost to N.C. State, and we were all very sad and our enemies were very happy. But it’s okay, because today marks the first birthday of one of the greatest games in rivalry history, which, as usual, N.C. State did not win.
Let’s take a look back at the “Second Half Paige Game” via YouTube clips and one fantastic tweet at the end:
It all started so innocently. Paige struggled from the field early, and N.C. State jumped out to a first half lead. Then Paige, as he’s now starting to do on a yearly basis, made an incredible save to J.P. Tokoto for the acrobatic finish.
After halftime, Marcus Paige took over. 31 points after halftime, including 2 3-pointers in halftime, and then, you know, the shot.
From Jones Angell and Eric “Ohhhh Baby” Montross:
From the ACC Network:
And my personal favorite that I just found today, from Taylor Sharp in the UNC section:
Ballgame. Over. Done. Turn out the lights. Carolina wins 85-84, and Marcus Paige becomes a Chapel Hill icon.
And this tweet, in hindsight, is phenomenal, knowing what Stu went through last year, and knowing that Carolina basketball could still put a smile on his face:
Marcus Paige……….uh….well…er….(fumbling with words….I’m just gonna say it….)……I love you!!!!!!!!
— Stuart Scott (@StuartScott) February 27, 2014
This week did a lot to rekindle my disdain for all things N.C. State. That mainly has to do with the self-aware totally legitimate journalists at StateFansNation, but losing to the Wolfpack actually did upset me. So, it’s nice to have so many fond memories of the rivalry to look back upon, and this one just might be my favorite.
Videos courtesy of UNC New Media, The ACC Network/ESPN, and Taylor Sharp; Tweet via @StuartScott