No. 5 North Carolina Beats Monmouth 102-65

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- John Henson scored 21 points and No. 5 North Carolina beat Monmouth 102-65 on Sunday for its 26th straight victory at the Smith Center.

Harrison Barnes added 18 points for the Tar Heels (13-2). They shot 54 percent, built a 55-26 rebounding advantage, used a 33-10 run late in the first half to take a 31-point halftime lead. They cruised from there to break the arena record established from 1992-94 -- a mark two Monmouth assistants had a role in setting.

Freshman Andrew Nicholas led the Hawks (2-12) with 22 points, including six 3-pointers. First-year coach King Rice played at North Carolina from 1988-91, and assistants Brian Reese and Derrick Phelps started on its 1993 national championship team.

P.J. Hairston had 16 points for North Carolina, which won its seventh straight overall and hasn't lost in its nearly 26-year-old building since Florida State won there on Feb. 24, 2010.


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