UNC routs short-handed Miss. St., 95-49
Posted November 19, 2012
UNC 95, Miss. St. 49; FINAL
UNC finished the night an incredible 15-for-32 from 3-point range.
They advance to play Butler in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational tomorrow.
UNC 85, Miss. St. 42; 3:16 2nd
At the final media timeout, The Tar Heels have this one sealed. UNC is 13-28 on 3-pointers in this one (46 percent).
UNC 70; Miss. St. 38; 7:46 2nd
One thing that can be said is that UNC's defense has come to play, regardless of the opponent. They have forced 16 turnovers, allowed just nine offensive rebounds and Mississippi State is shooting just 22 percent from the floor.
UNC 61; Miss. St. 31; 11:50 2nd
As the second half reaches the midway point, the result is not in question as UNC holds a 30-point lead on Mississippi State in Maui.
Mississippi State deserves credit for toughing this one out as they only have eight players dressed. That said, UNC now has five players in double figures.
UNC 54; Miss. St. 25; 15:58 2nd
Dexter Strickland, James Michael McAdoo and Reggie Bullock are all in double figures early in the second half as UNC continues to roll on Mississippi State.
UNC 49, Miss. St. 17; HALF
A sign of things for Mississippi St., UNC's P.J. Hairston hit a 65-footer at the buzzer to send the Tar Heels into the half with a 32-point lead.
In the first 20 minutes, UNC has made 8 of 14 3-pointers and eight different players have scored. Helping them grab the big lead, UNC has two 9-0 runs and an 11-0 run,
UNC 35, Miss. St. 13; 3:46 1st
The Tar Heels got an earful from Roy Williams after a sloppy last four minutes that saw three turnovers, but UNC continues to lead Mississippi State by 22 points late in the first half.
UNC 31, Miss. St. 10; 7:50 1st
UNC is shooting nearly 60 percent from the floor and has forced seven turnovers as they continue to lead big against Mississippi State.
UNC 26, Miss. St. 6; 11:43 1st
UNC has two 9-point runs and is 4-for-6 from behind the arc as they have built a 20-point lead at the under-12 timeout.
Reggie Bullock is 3-for-3 from deep and leads all scorers with 9 points.
UNC 15, Miss. St. 4; 14:34 1st
The scoring barrage continues as James Michael McAdoo has a team high six points to go along with Huberts four and UNC has an 1-point lead at the first media timeout.
UNC 9, Miss. St. 0; 17:10 1st
Reggie Bullock hit a three to open the game, Dexter Strickland had a steal and went coast-to-coast, and Desmond Hubert has four early points as UNC is out to a 9-0 run and Miss. St. is forced to call a time out.
The North Carolina Tar Heels begin play in the Maui Invitational on Monday, as the team takes on the Mississippi State Bulldogs in first-round action from the Lahaina Civic Center.
The winner of this game will take on either Butler or Marquette in the next round on Tuesday.
Roy Williams' squad opened the season with two straight games at home, disposing of Gardner-Webb (76-59) and Florida Atlantic (80-56) rather easily. The team then embarked on a five-game road trip that began with a 78-63 victory at Long Beach State, will continue with three games in this event, and conclude with a showdown with top-ranked Indiana in Bloomington as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Nov. 27. North Carolina has had great success in this event, posting a stellar 13-2 mark, winning tournament titles in 1999-2000, 2004-05, 2008-09, while reaching the title game in both 1989-90 and 1995-96.
Rick Ray is in his first season at the helm in Starkville and it has been a mixed bag in the early going, as the Bulldogs suffered a 56-53 loss in the season-opener at Troy, but bounced back with a 78-58 rout of Florida Atlantic at home four days later.
This marks the sixth all-time meeting between these two teams, with North Carolina winning all five prior matchups, with the last meeting coming in the 2010 NIT, a 76-74 Tar Heel victory in Starkville in second-round action.
While the loss at Troy showed MSU to be a team without offensive punch, the Bulldogs redeemed themselves at home against FAU, playing well at both ends of the court. The team shot a solid .490 from the floor, while four players notched double figures in terms of scoring. In addition, MSU forced 27 turnovers and recorded five blocks. The surprising part of it was that the team did all that without the services of junior guard Jalen Steele for much of the game. Steele suffered a head injury as well as a fractured wrist in the game and is currently out indefinitely. Sophomore Roquez Johnson led the way in the win over the Owls with 17 points off the bench. Freshman Fred Thomas poured in 16, followed by fellow freshmen Craig Sword and Gavin Ware with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Clearly, the youngsters have made their presence felt early on and will need to continue to do so during this event.
The Tar Heels made a brief layover in Long Beach on their way to Hawaii, but the 49ers probably wished they hadn't. Despite shooting just 40 percent from the floor in the game, North Carolina still posted a double-digit win, thanks to a huge advantage on the boards (55-39) and turning on the jets in the second half after leading by just a single point at the break (33-32). Sophomore James Michael McAdoo just missed his third straight double-double to start the season, finishing the game with 18 points and nine rebounds. Freshman Marcus Paige was instrumental in the win as well, adding 15 points, while sophomore P.J. Hairston and freshman Brice Johnson finished with 14 and 10 points, respectively. McAdoo has certainly thrust himself into the national consciousness, putting up 21.0 points and 11.3 rebounds per game in the early going. Junior Reggie Bullock is the only other Tar Heel currently in double figures at 10.0 ppg, but it could be only a matter of time before youngsters like Johnson (9.3 ppg), Paige (7.7 ppg) and Hairston (7.0 ppg) join the group.
Despite the turnaround in terms of talent on the roster, North Carolina is still a team chock-full of playmakers. McAdoo may be the best in the country and should have no problem dominating once again.