COLUMBUS, Ohio – North Carolina sophomore forward Garrison Brooks lost a tooth and broke another when he was hit with an elbow from Washington's Noah Dickerson in Tar Heels' NCAA tournament win Sunday.
The incident occurred around 12: 20 points in the first half. Brooks left the court and received stitches for a cut on his lip, but returned to the other half.
"Garrison, he'll see the dentist before we leave town to get two teeth straightened out," Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said.
Officials reviewed the collision and stated that Dickerson "made a normal basketball with the ball over his shoulders and his arms more vertically than horizontally," according to an NCAA statement given to a pool rep after the game. No errors were assessed and Dickerson scored to cut North Carolina before 21
Brooks finished with five points, five rebounds and three assists in North Carolina's 81-59 victory.
"He was just great for us," said senior minister Luke Maye. "And it really shows how much character we have in the closet."
North Carolina guard Kenny Williams strained his hoarding in the game but returned and recorded a team of high three steals.
Tar Heels, the top seed in the Midwest region, will meet Auburn in Sweet 16 later this week.