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NCAA Game Summary - Mississippi State vs. North Carolina



(Monday, November 19th)

Final Score: (9) North Carolina 95, Mississippi State 49

Maui, HI (Sports Network) - Leslie McDonald accounted for six of North Carolina's 15 makes from behind the arc as the ninth-ranked Tar Heels steamrolled the Mississippi State Bulldogs, 95-49, in a first-round mismatch at the Maui Invitational.

North Carolina (4-0) blew the doors open early, led by 32 at halftime and cruised into Tuesday's game against another group of Bulldogs after Butler edged Marquette, 72-71, on a buzzer-beater earlier Monday.

McDonald scored a game-high 21 points, while P.J. Hairston and Reggie Bullock chipped in 18 and 16 points, respectively, for the Tar Heels, who shot 15- of-32 from 3-point range in the blowout. James Michael McAdoo and Dexter Strickland each netted 10 points, with the latter also recording six steals and five assists.

Roquez Johnson paced the overmatched Bulldogs (1-2) with 12 points, while Wendell Lewis scored 10 in defeat.

Bullock opened the scoring with a 3-pointer, Strickland had a steal and a layup and Desmond Hubert scored twice on the inside to give the Tar Heels a 9-0 advantage just two minutes in.

Mississippi State finally got on the board with a pair of field goals, only to have UNC answer with another 9-0 run, capped by another Bullock triple.

An 11-point flurry shortly thereafter ballooned the margin to 29-6 at the midway point, and Hairston fittingly finished the one-sided half with a miraculous 60-foot bank shot from the opposite 3-point line at the buzzer for an insurmountable 49-17 cushion.

The Tar Heels shot 8-of-14 from behind the arc in the opening 20 minutes, while Mississippi State made just one of its 11 attempts from long range and 20 percent (7-of-35) overall.

Though they shot slightly better in the second half, the deficit -- which grew as high as 49 points -- was simply too much for the Bulldogs to overcome.

Game Notes

North Carolina improved to 14-2 in this event, winning tournament titles in 1999-2000, 2004-05, 2008-09 while reaching in finals in its other two appearances ... Mississippi State has never beaten UNC in six meetings ... McAdoo was whistled for a flagrant foul early in the second half when he struck Johnson in the face with an elbow ... The Bulldogs committed 21 turnovers.

11/19 23:23:28 ET

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CHA 109
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CLE 95
BRK 91
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MIN 98
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DET 100
TOR 110
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MIA 103
WAS 105
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MEM 97
CHI 103
 
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POR 99
 
3rd
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LAC 67
 
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WILB 71
 
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JST 49
 
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SIENA 66
 
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CASEWEST 65
 
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LIB 94
CPNC 65
 
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CLEM 45
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EKENT 72
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HIWASSEE 71
 
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ODU 60
MDES 43
 
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BUF 88
NIAG 62
 
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KSU 71
NCAT 57
 
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FAM 65
UNF 83
 
Final
NORST 81
NARZ 62
 
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DART 58
NILL 55
 
Final
MORE 60
NKENTUCKY 83
 
Final
UCSB 69
SDCHR 46
 
Final
STJ 53
GAELS 47
Final
ALA 69
STILL 49
 
Final
HAMP 66
TENST 54
 
Final
TENN 61
TENT 58
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WMARY 86
WSHMD 46
 
Final
MERC 67
COOK 46
 
Final
FLGC 83
FUR 78
 
Final
CALST 49
SDKST 53
 
Final
MTST 68
CHAT 58
 
Final
NDAK 78
DICKINSON 48
 
Final
LAMON 76
LSUALEX 71
 
Final
PRIN 77
LIP 55
 
Final
LAM 80
MLGN 53
 
Final
MINN 92
SEAT 57
 
Final
LOYC 73
SUTAH 57
 
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SELA 81
WINT 71
 
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SILL 52
NO 56
 
2nd
MARQ 77
ALAAM 42
 
2nd
TTU 53
ARKPB 38
 
2nd
DEN 67
COLST 73
 
2nd
CREI 69
TXPA 51
 
1st
CAL 25
EWASH 24
 
1st
UTST 26
IDST 20
 
11:00pm Tonight
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Final
NJD 3
TAM 2
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OTT 6
ANA 2
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DET 1
NYI 2
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WIN 2
BOS 1
2nd Intermission
CAL 1
DAL 2