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North Carolina crushes East Tennessee State
Chapel Hill, NC (Sports Network) - Leslie McDonald had 14 points and five rebounds in No. 20 North Carolina's 78-55 thrashing of East Tennessee State.
Brice Johnson tallied 12 points and eight rebounds, while Reggie Bullock added 10 points for the Tar Heels (7-2), who have won 78 straight home games against unranked non-conference foes.
The Tar Heels improved to 7-0 all-time against the Buccaneers.
Rashawn Rembert led ETSU (2-5) with 18 points.
The Tar Heels stormed out of the gate and jumped out to a 34-4 lead a little over 15 minutes in. McDonald netted eight points and Bullock added seven points during the vigorous start.
East Tennessee State didn't tally a point from the 12:27-4:20 mark of the opening half and didn't reach the double-figure mark until Lester Wilson's 3- pointer cut the deficit to 41-12 with 1:43 remaining in the stanza.
North Carolina took a 42-12 edge into the break and led by as many as 36 over the final 20 minutes.
North Carolina shot 42.5 percent (31-of-73) from the floor, while East Tennessee State finished 33.9 percent (21-of-62) from the field ... The teams hadn't played since 1987 when UNC prevailed, 118-65 ... UNC recorded 16 assists on its 17 made field goals in the first half.
12/08 22:55:49 ET
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