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                   === North Carolina routs McNeese State ===
 
 Chapel  Hill,  NC (Sports  Network) -  P.J. Hairston poured  in a game-high 20
 points  to go  with  eight rebounds  on  Saturday, as  No.  23 North  Carolina
 clobbered McNeese State, 97-63, at the Smith Center.
 
 Reggie  Bullock buried five 3-pointers en route to 17 points and James Michael
 McAdoo  donated 12 points and seven rebounds for the Tar Heels (9-3), who were
 coming off an uninspiring 85-67 loss at Texas on Wednesday night.
 
 "A  win  always makes you feel  better," Hairston admitted. "The main thing is
 that  we  did better  this game  and we played  with more  heart and we played
 together as a team."
 
 Jeremie  Mitchell led  the Cowboys  (6-4) with  13 points  and Craig  McFerrin
 followed  with  10 points  in the setback,  snapping McNeese State's five-game
 win streak.
 
 "I  am proud of  the way our guys fought back in the end," McNeese State coach
 Dave  Simmons said. "It was a good game for us. It is telling us where we need
 to go if we want to play teams like this. It's humbling."
 
 After never holding a lead in Wednesday's disappointing loss to the Longhorns,
 North Carolina scored the first bucket of Saturday's blowout victory and never
 looked back.
 
 The  margin was  just one, 5-4, three  minutes into the contest before the Tar
 Heels reeled off 17 of the next 19 points to build a 22-6 advantage.
 
 Leslie  McDonald knocked  down  a pair  of  triples in  the  spurt and  Dexter
 Strickland capped it with a jumper to give UNC a 16-point edge with 10:37 left
 in the first half.
 
 A  9-0  sprint from the  Tar Heels  later in the  frame extended the margin to
 43-14  with  under four minutes  left and the  home team carried a comfortable
 54-23 advantage into the break.
 
 North  Carolina cruised  in the second half, never allowing the Cowboys to get
 closer than 25 en route to the victory.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 This  game  marks the  first-ever meeting  between these  two schools in men's
 basketball  ... North  Carolina hosts No. 21 UNLV next Saturday before opening
 up conference play on Jan. 6 at Virginia ... UNC shot 47.3 percent (35-for-74)
 from  the  field, while McNeese  State shot  35.6 percent (26-for-73) from the
 floor.
 
 12/22 18:59:53 ET

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