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(Tuesday, December 6th)
Final Score: (4) North Carolina 97, Evansville 48
Chapel Hill, NC (Sports Network) - John Henson and Tyler Zeller each recorded double-doubles, and Harrison Barnes scored a game-high 17 points, as No. 4 North Carolina routed Evansville, 97-48.
Henson finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Zeller chipped in 12 points and 10 boards for the Tar Heels (7-2), who rebounded after a tough one- point loss to top-ranked Kentucky on Saturday.
"I thought our kids had great focus," UNC head coach Roy Williams said. "If we would've had that kind of focus for 40 minutes a couple other times this year it would've helped us out a great deal."
Denver Holmes had 14 points for Evansville (3-4), which has lost three of its last four games.
Colt Ryan, Evansville's leading scorer, finished with nine points on just 1- of-11 shooting from the floor.
The Tar Heels outrebounded the Aces 62-30, and held them to just 26 percent shooting from the field.
With UNC already up 33-17 with just over six minutes to go in the first half, the Tar Heels exploded on a 16-2 run before taking a 52-22 advantage into the locker room.
UNC shot 60 percent in the opening 20 minutes while holding Evansville to just 23 percent. Barnes paced the Tar Heels with 14 first-half points.
The Tar Heels began the second half on a 10-0 run and cruised from there.
Reggie Bullock scored 15 points for UNC...Zeller has three consecutive double- digit point games...This was the first of nine consecutive home games for the Tar Heels.
12/06 22:08:36 ET
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