CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina coach Roy Williams became the fifth Division I men’s basketball coach to reach 900 wins on Saturday, and was able to celebrate the milestone in front of home fans for the first time this season.
Down 16 points to No. 11 Florida State shortly before halftime, the Tar Heel rode a 20-point performance from freshman Walker Kessler to mount a comeback against the ACC’s top team. UNC celebrated the longtime coach at midcourt after the game, raising a framed No. 900 jersey in his honor.
Williams joins Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Boeheim, Jim Calhoun and Bob Knight as the only Division I men’s basketball coaches to hit 900 wins. He’s the fastest coach in Division I to reach the milestone, doing it in just his 1,161st game as a head coach.
Saturday also marked North Carolina’s first home game with fans in attendance, which came after Gov. Roy Cooper eased public-gathering restrictions earlier this week to permit indoor arenas with a capacity of at least 5,000 to bring up to 15% of that total.
That meant North Carolina could bring around 3,200 fans in the Smith Center seating more than 21,000.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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