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NCAA Game Summary - East Tennessee State at North Carolina



(Saturday, December 8th)

Final Score: (20) North Carolina 78, East Tennessee State 55

Chapel Hill, NC (Sports Network) - Leslie McDonald had 14 points and five rebounds in No. 20 North Carolina's 78-55 thrashing of East Tennessee State.

Brice Johnson tallied 12 points and eight rebounds, while Reggie Bullock added 10 points for the Tar Heels (7-2), who have won 78 straight home games against unranked non-conference foes.

"We were just knocking down shots, sharing the ball, finding the open teammate and playing Carolina basketball," said Bullock.

The Tar Heels improved to 7-0 all-time against the Buccaneers.

Rashawn Rembert led ETSU (2-5) with 18 points.

The Tar Heels stormed out of the gate and jumped out to a 34-4 lead a little over 15 minutes in. McDonald netted eight points and Bullock added seven points during the vigorous start.

East Tennessee State didn't tally a point from the 12:27-4:20 mark of the opening half and didn't reach the double-figure mark until Lester Wilson's 3- pointer cut the deficit to 41-12 with 1:43 remaining in the stanza.

North Carolina took a 42-12 edge into the break and led by as many as 36 over the final 20 minutes.

"Any small victory you can take away from this, you've got to try to take away," East Tennessee State coach Murray Bartow said about his team outscoring North Carolina, 43-36, in the second half. "We could have totally caved in and quit. I thought the guys had a lot of fight in the second half."

Game Notes

North Carolina shot 42.5 percent (31-of-73) from the floor, while East Tennessee State finished 33.9 percent (21-of-62) from the field ... The teams hadn't played since 1987 when UNC prevailed, 118-65 ... UNC recorded 16 assists on its 17 made field goals in the first half.

12/09 01:16:10 ET

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Local
3rd
WAS 61
CHA 66
 
Half
LOU 31
NCSU 33
 
9:45pm Tonight
DUKE
UTAH
Final
ATL 4
BOS 2
Final
STL 5
NYM 4
Final
PHI 0
NYY 10
Final
MIN 2
PIT 4
Final
WAS 1
STL 1
4th
BAL 0
TAM 0
 
Final
TOR 4
DET 1
Final
CHC 6
CWS 3
Final
OAK 7
TEX 6
Final
ANA 2
ARI 7
Final
ARI 3
CLE 2
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MIA 0
 
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SEA
 
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COL
 
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SFG
 
3rd
WAS 61
CHA 66
 
3rd
ORL 65
DET 72
 
Half
PHI 54
LAC 62
 
2nd
NYK 30
BOS 41
 
2nd
BRK 57
CLE 54
 
2nd
TOR 44
LAL 44
 
2nd
ATL 46
MIA 30
 
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MEM 20
GSW 25
 
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HOU 25
MIN 19
 
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NOP 17
SAC 20
 
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UTA
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UCLA 34
 
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NCSU 33
 
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