CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Sporting Alert – Justin Jackson scored 21 points and Joel Berry II added 19 points and No. 14 North Carolina blew away NC State 107-56 in their rescheduled ACC battle at Smith Center on Sunday.
The game was initially slated for Saturday but was postponed a day because of bad weather which created problems for travelling in the area.
NORTH CAROLINA RAN AWAY EARLY
Coach Mark Gottfried said his NC State team was ready to play on Saturday, and it probably was, but there were no signs of that enthusiasm Sunday, as the Wolfpack got punched down early and never recovered.
Jackson went 7 of 15 from the field, including knocking down 6-for-11 from 3-point range in the dominant win for the home side.
Tony Bradley finished with 11 points and eight rebounds and Isaiah Hicks chipped in with 11 points for the Tar Heels (14-3, 2-1 ACC) who have won two straight and four of the last five overall.
The 107 points scored by North Carolina against NC State on Sunday was also a record in this series, topping the old mark of 104.
Dennis Smith Jr., who is coming off a triple-double in a win over Virginia Tech, was held to just 11 points on Sunday.
He also had five assists, five rebounds and three steals.
Torin Dorn and Maverick Rowan each also scored 11 points for the Wolfpack (12-4, 1-2), who first trailed by 51 points with 5:20 left in the first half the Tar Heels leading 48-99.
North Carolina scored the opening six points of the game before NC State answered back with successive buckets to make it 6-4 early in the contest.
However, after that, it was no longer a balanced battle.
The Tar Heels used a 20-0 run to blow the game wide-open, opening up a 26-4 lead with 11:35 left in the first half and maintained that big advantage throughout the contest.
Jackson rounded off an excellent first half for North Carolina by hitting a 3-pointer as time expired to build his team’s lead to 33 points as the home side went into the break with a 23-56 advantage.