Boxscore
North Carolina 78, East Tennessee St. 55
Saturday, December 8, 2012 7:30 PM
Location - Dean E. Smith Student Activities Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Officials - Garry Maxwell, Brian Shey, Alan Spainhour
Attendance - 17307

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
East Tennessee St. 12 43 55
North Carolina 42 36 78

Recap


No. 16 North Carolina 78, East Tennessee State 55: Leslie McDonald led a balanced offense with 14 points as the Tar Heels took a big early lead and cruised past the visiting Buccaneers.  

Freshman Brice Johnson chipped in with 12 points and eight rebounds, while Reggie Bullock added 10 points for North Carolina (7-2), which had 30 assists on 31 field goals. The Tar Heels held East Tennessee to 12 points in the opening 20 minutes, the fewest for a half ever at the Dean Smith Center.

Hunter Harris scored the first two points of the game for East Tennessee State (2-5) before the Tar Heels ran off the next 15. Bullock had the first seven in the run and North Carolina kept going to open up a 34-4 lead as the Buccaneers missed 17 of their first 19 shots.

Johnson and McDonald each had eight points in the first half as the Tar Heels settled for a 42-12 lead at the break. North Carolina forced 13 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes and the Buccaneers, who finished with a season low in points for a half, were 5-of-26 from the field.

Rashawn Rembert led the way with 18 points -- all in the second half -- for East Tennessee State. Leading scorer Lester Wilson registered 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Harris had 11 points for the Buccaneers.

GAME NOTEBOOK: East Tennessee State was without freshman PG Petey McClain for the second straight game due to an ankle injury. McClain is averaging 3.6 assists. … Tar Heels freshman PG Marcus Paige returned after missing one game with a shoulder injury, contributing three points and seven assists. … North Carolina has won all six meetings with the Buccaneers.
 

East Tennessee St. Buccaneers

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Rashawn Rembert 36:00 7-17 3-7 1-1 0 3 3 3 0 3 5 1 18
Lester Wilson 37:00 5-19 3-13 0-0 3 8 11 0 4 1 1 0 13
Mario Stramaglia 27:00 0-4 0-1 0-2 1 3 4 1 0 0 7 0 0
Hunter Harris 28:00 5-10 0-1 1-3 4 4 8 0 0 1 1 1 11
Kinard Gadsden-Gilliard 25:00 1-5 0-1 0-0 1 2 3 2 3 0 3 0 2
John Walton 20:00 1-4 0-0 4-6 1 4 5 1 1 2 3 1 6
Todd Halvorsen 9:00 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 1 2 1 0 2
Yunio Barrueta 18:00 1-1 1-1 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 3
TOTAL 200 21-62 7-24 6-12 10 27 37 8 10 9 22 3 55
  33.9% 29.2% 50.0% Team Rebs: 4   Total TO: 22

North Carolina Tar Heels

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Dexter Strickland 23:00 2-6 2-4 0-0 2 3 5 7 0 1 2 0 6
Reggie Bullock 18:00 4-9 2-7 0-0 0 3 3 1 0 1 2 0 10
James Michael McAdoo 23:00 4-8 0-0 1-2 1 1 2 2 1 2 0 0 9
Joel James 20:00 2-3 0-0 1-1 0 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 5
Marcus Paige 21:00 1-5 1-5 0-0 0 3 3 7 2 1 2 0 3
Desmond Hubert 11:00 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 2
Leslie McDonald 16:00 5-12 4-8 0-0 3 2 5 3 1 1 2 1 14
Brice Johnson 15:00 6-8 0-0 0-0 0 8 8 2 2 1 1 0 12
P.J. Hairston 19:00 2-9 2-6 0-0 0 3 3 1 1 2 1 1 6
J.P. Tokoto 12:00 4-5 0-0 1-2 3 1 4 1 1 2 1 0 9
Jackson Simmons 4:00 0-3 0-0 2-2 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Luke Davis 10:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 0
James Manor 2:00 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wade Moody 2:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0
Frank Tanner 2:00 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Denzel Robinson 2:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
TOTAL 200 31-73 11-31 5-7 12 28 40 30 12 13 14 3 78
  42.5% 35.5% 71.4% Team Rebs: 5   Total TO: 14