Tar Heels beat Northeastern in rare Feb. nonconference game

North Carolina's Day'Ron Sharpe (11) dunks next to Northeastern's Jason Strong (00) during the...
North Carolina's Day'Ron Sharpe (11) dunks next to Northeastern's Jason Strong (00) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, in Chapel Hill, N.C. (Robert Willett/The News & Observer via AP)(Robert Willett/The News & Observer via AP | Robert Willett/The News & Observer via AP)
Published: Feb. 17, 2021 at 10:01 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 18, 2021 at 12:38 PM EST
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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Former South Central standout Day’Ron Sharpe scored 15 points, Garrison Brooks had 11 points and 13 rebounds for his second double-double and North Carolina used balanced scoring to beat Northeastern 82-62 on Wednesday night in a rare February nonconference game for the Tar Heels.

North Carolina added the game on Monday after its matchup with Virginia Tech was postponed due to COVID-19 safety protocols in the Hokie program. It was North Carolina’s latest nonconference regular-season game since hosting North Carolina A&T on February 18, 2013.

North Carolina led 41-30 at the break despite Northeastern guard Tyson Walker scoring 21 points on 7-of-8 shooting — with four 3-pointers. The Tar Heels held Walker to one made field goal on seven attempts in the second half.

Kerwin Walton added 14 points and Walker Kessler scored 10 for North Carolina (13-7). The Tar Heels turned 16 Northeastern turnovers into 22 points, and held a 44-22 scoring advantage in the paint.

Walker, averaging 18 points per game, finished with 27 for Northeastern (9-8). Coleman Stucke added 14 points.

The Tar Heels are scheduled to play Louisville on Saturday with the Cardinals hoping to play their first game since Feb. 1. North Carolina’s following game against Boston College, on Tuesday, has already been postponed.


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