"They said exactly what I thought they were going to say," May said. "I went to get a drink from a store today and heard some boos coming out. I love Indiana basketball, people don't realize how close it is to my heart."
Williams thought the crowd reaction was too much.
"They were saying things that shouldn't be said," Williams said.
May's teammates plotted a different response.
After watching a 32-26 halftime lead dwindle to 34-33 just 1:38 into the second half, North Carolina righted itself.
McCants hit two free throws to start a 12-2 run and when May finally got his first basket of the night - an emphatic dunk with 11:31 to go - the Tar Heels appeared to have control with a 48-38 lead.
"The way we played defense tonight, not a lot of teams could have beat us," Davis said. "But they made big shots and we missed big shots. I thought McCants hit two big shots, and Felton hit big shots."
Yet the Tar Heels, uncharacteristically, could not pull away.
Wright and Marshall Strickland each hit 3-pointers to get Indiana within 50-44 with 8:41 left. Then May and McCants each drew their fourth fouls before the seven-minute mark, forcing North Carolina to rely on defense.
Despite enduring a scoring drought of 5:14 before May completed a three-point play, the Tar Heels kept Indiana in check. May's three-point play made it 53-46.
Poor shooting and carelessness with the ball created even more problems for Indiana in the closing minutes, and when McCants hit his fifth 3-pointer to make it 56-46 it essentially sealed the win.
Indiana made four 3s in the final minute but never got closer than five.
For Williams, a win in a hostile environment was more than enough to satisfy him.