No. 9 North Carolina rolls past Pitt 85-64

The No. 9 Tar Heels had little trouble defeating the Panthers 85-64 in Chapel Hill. Five Carolina players scored in double-figures, paced by Brice Johnson who scored 19 points in the win. Michael Young scored 15 points for the Panthers despite not starting for the first time in his collegiate career.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Brice Johnson scored 19 points to lead a dominating offensive performance that helped No. 9 North Carolina beat Pittsburgh 85-64 on Sunday.

Marcus Paige added 15 points for the Tar Heels (21-4, 10-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who shot 59 percent to stay atop the league ahead of the next renewal of their fierce rivalry with Duke.

UNC had plenty of balance, shared the ball and got out in transition in arguably their best performance in weeks, using a 13-0 second-half burst to blow the game open. UNC finished with 26 assists on 32 baskets, 24 points off turnovers and scored 16 fast-break points after managing a combined five in the past two games.

Michael Young and James Robinson each scored 15 points to lead Pitt (17-7, 6-6). But the Panthers shot 37 percent and committed 19 turnovers, and a strong effort on the glass did little to offset their troubles.

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