No. 19 North Carolina 97, McNeese
State 63: P.J. Hairston scored a career-high 20 points as the Tar
Heels cruised to an easy win over the visiting Cowboys.
North Carolina (9-3) held McNeese
State to just six points in the first 9:50 of the opening half,
building a 16-point lead that was never threatened. After Craig McFerrin
scored a layup with 7:32 to bring McNeese State within 29-12, the Tar Heels
went on a 25-11 tear to increase the lead to 31 at halftime.
Reggie Bullock added 17 points
for North Carolina, including five 3-pointers, as the Tar Heels shot 46.4
percent (13-of-28) from beyond the arc. James Michael McAdoo had 12
points and seven rebounds, while Leslie McDonald chipped in 11 points.
Jeremie Mitchell paced McNeese
State (6-4) with 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting. McFerrin finished
with 10 points.
The Tar Heels, who came into the
game ranked third in the nation averaging 44.7 rebounds, finished with a 52-36 advantage against the Cowboys.
GAME NOTEBOOK: The 34-point
margin of defeat was easily the worst of the year for the Cowboys. …
The win improved North Carolina to 6-0 at home this season. The Tar
Heels are 3-3 away from the Smith Center. … McNeese State won't
play against until 2013, with a trip to Northwestern State the team's
next scheduled game on Jan. 3. UNC is off for a week before hosting
UNLV on Dec. 29.