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UNC 97, Chattanooga 57

North Carolina ran away from a strong mid-major foe in routing Chattanooga on Sunday,

by Aaron Beard, Associated Press

Box Score

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Joel Berry II scored 18 points to help sixth-ranked North Carolina beat Chattanooga 97-57 on Sunday.

Kennedy Meeks added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Tar Heels (2-0), who have won 15 straight home openers. UNC shot 56 percent through the first 24 minutes in building a lopsided lead, pushing ahead for good with a 21-5 run late in the first half for a 44-33 lead at the break.

The Tar Heels then scored nine straight out of the break to blow it open.

Greg Pryor scored 17 points for the Mocs (1-1), who won Friday at Tennessee. But after a quick start, the preseason Southern Conference favorite just couldn't keep up with the Tar Heels.

Chattanooga made 5 of 9 3-pointers in the first 10 minutes, but went 2-for-18 from behind the arc from there and shot 35 percent for the game.

BIG PICTURE

The Tar Heels had a lot of a balance in this one, and that's a promising sign for a team that must replace four-year starter Marcus Paige and Associated Press All-American Brice Johnson from a national runner-up. UNC ended up with six in double figures.

UP NEXT

The Tar Heels host Long Beach State on Tuesday night before heading west for a game at Hawaii followed by the Maui Invitational during Thanksgiving week.


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