NCAA Men's Basketball

Williams passes Smith as UNC snaps skid

(AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina's Hall of Fame coach and his players had spent the month of January grinding through a frustrating and confidence-jarring set of losses, brought on amid a series of injuries as well as shaky play.

Finally on Saturday, the Tar Heels could celebrate the end of uncharacteristic struggles for the tradition-rich program - for a game, anyway - and a coaching milestone for Roy Williams that took much longer than expected to achieve.

Brandon Robinson scored a career-high 29 points to help North Carolina beat Miami 94-71, ending the program's first five-game losing streak since 2003. It also allowed Williams to pass late mentor Dean Smith for fourth on the Division I men's career coaching wins list, though it came nearly a month after Williams tied Smith in a win against Yale.

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