No. 7 North Carolina Rolls Past NC State 74-55

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Tyler Zeller had 21 points and a career-best 17 rebounds to help No. 7 North Carolina beat North Carolina State 74-55 on Thursday night for their 11th straight victory over the Wolfpack.

Reggie Bullock added 11 points in his first career start for the Tar Heels (17-3, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who had no trouble winning their 11th straight against their longtime rivals.

While North Carolina State (15-6, 4-2) was off to its best start in the conference league in six years under new coach Mark Gottfried, the Tar Heels ended up making this game look like almost every other in the five years since the Wolfpack last beat them.

With its bigger front line dominating inside, North Carolina shot 48 percent and led by 31 points in the second half.

Scott Wood scored 11 points to lead the Wolfpack, whose only real highlight came when Lorenzo Brown banked in an 80-foot heave to beat the halftime horn.

By that point, however, the Tar Heels led by 14 points and were on the way to turning the entire second half into a crowd-pleasing romp.

N.C. State finished with its worst scoring total of the season and shot 37 percent, though its second-half production came after the game was decided.

It was North Carolina's first game since losing starting guard Dexter Strickland to a season-ending knee injury last week at Virginia Tech. The injury robbed the team of its backup point guard and best perimeter defender, meaning a different look for the Tar Heels by starting Bullock and giving freshman Stilman White more minutes behind point guard Kendall Marshall.

Bullock hit 4 of 9 shots, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range, and finished with five rebounds and three assists. White hit a 3-pointer with about 12 minutes left to send the home crowd into a roar and give North Carolina a 59-32 lead.

Harrison Barnes added 15 points for the Tar Heels, while Marshall had 11 assists.

The Wolfpack entered the game averaging 77 points and shooting 48 percent behind a balanced attack, but things went badly from the start.

Richard Howell picked up three fouls by midway through the first half, while C.J. Leslie had a tough time scoring inside with Zeller and defensive specialist John Henson lurking in the paint. N.C. State struggled to get easy baskets inside, managed only a single basket on the fast break and missed most of its jumpers.

The Tar Heels had no such trouble. Zeller had a double-double by halftime with 13 points on 6-for-7 shooting and 12 rebounds. Barnes added nine points as the Tar Heels made 12 of 17 shots in the paint.

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  • by Bill on Feb 5, 2012 at 07:10 AM
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA state choked as usual in that game!!!!!!!!!
  • by Chris on Jan 30, 2012 at 07:46 PM
    Dave lay off the pipe! 18 final 4's and 6 National titles is not choking little man!
  • by Dave Location: Greenville on Jan 30, 2012 at 04:31 PM
    NO worries, the holes will choke in due time, they always do!!!!
  • by UNC Alum Location: Rocky Mount on Jan 28, 2012 at 03:10 PM
    That was a great game my brothers (an N.C. State alumnus and an ECU alumnus) and I went to lase night. We all had our alma mater's gear, and I really like how everybody was getting along and treated my ECU brother (who was wearing ECU gear at the Dean Dome) well, which was something I was concerned about. I'm looking forward to going to the game that we will beat up on Dook.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jan 27, 2012 at 11:20 PM
    I hate both schools (also Duke and Wake to) but I got to hand it to Scott Wood to asking the media reporter that question about whether his wife has cheated on him? I got a kick out of that after what I heard. UNC did manage to do it without Dexter Strictland being in there.
  • by this guy on Jan 27, 2012 at 06:39 AM
    Pack got smoked! I'm a duke fan but I gotta hand it to the heels, they showed up and played their game and dominated...and the wolfpack are terrible year after year so I expected it.
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      by Really? - DC on Jan 27, 2012 at 07:34 AM in reply to this guy
      NCSU is 15-6 - 4-2 in the is that terrible?
      • reply
        by UNC fan on Jan 27, 2012 at 08:54 AM in reply to Really? - DC
        Its not terrible at all, "this guy" doesnt know what he is talking about. UNC was just clicking last night. State is playing well in my opinion.
  • by ENC on Jan 27, 2012 at 05:30 AM
    No comments, I guess the Tarheel fans are still in shock over this unpredicted win.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2012 at 06:43 AM in reply to ENC
      It wasnt unpredicted at all, we just dont run our mouths like all of the UNC haters. By the way did Roy stay on the court long enough for you guys? hahahahahahaha
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      by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2012 at 06:54 AM in reply to ENC
      Unpredicted? You must be joking. UNC is a top 10 team and NCSU is not. Even though they are capable of beating UNC they would never be favored or "predicted" to. Get real.

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