CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Deon Thompson scored 22 points to help No. 11 North Carolina bounce back from its first loss and beat Gardner-Webb 93-72 on Monday night.
Tyler Zeller added 16 points for the Tar Heels (5-1), who led by double digits most of the way and had little trouble beating the instate Big South Conference program. It was the 599th victory for coach Roy Williams, now in his seventh year at his alma mater following 15 seasons in Kansas.
North Carolina was ranked sixth last week before falling to Syracuse by 16 points in the finals of the 2K Sports Classic on Friday night.
Grayson Flittner scored 32 points and hit nine 3-pointers to lead the Runnin' Bulldogs (3-1), but no other Gardner-Webb player cracked double figures.
The Tar Heels led by 15 points at halftime and by as many as 21 early in the second half.
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