Tar Heels crush Western Car.

Woonsocket Call - - Sports - By AARON BEARD

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— Luke Maye had 12 points and 12 re­bounds while No. 11 North Carolina hit a sea­son-high 16 3-point­ers to beat Western Carolina 10461 on Wed­nes­day night.

The Tar Heels (9-1) ran off 20 straight points dur­ing a 33-3 first-half run that put this one away early. UNC shot 57 per­cent and made 16 of 22 3-point at­tempts for the game, com­ing one shy of match­ing the pro­gram record for made 3s in a game.

Fresh­man Jalek Fel­ton had a team-high 15 points for the Tar Heels, who fin­ished with six players in dou­ble fig­ures. North Carolina also took a 53-25 re­bound­ing ad­van­tage against a team that en­tered the game ranked 311th na­tion­ally in re­bound mar­gin.

Deriece Parks scored 13 points for the Cata­mounts (37), who made two quick shots for a 5-0 lead. But they missed 16 of 17 shots and had an 8-minute scor­ing drought as the Tar Heels took over.

BIG PIC­TURE

Western Carolina: The Cata­mounts had al­ready lost twice to power-con­fer­ence op­po­nents, fall­ing by 28 points at both Clem­son and Min­nesota. This time, the South­ern Con­fer­ence pro­gram found it­self trail­ing by 27 at half­time on the way to fall­ing to 3-33 all-time against cur­rent At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence mem­bers.

UNC: North Carolina has had a packed-full sched­ule in re­cent weeks with seven games in 14 days, in­clud­ing its only loss to Michi­gan State in the PK80 In­vi­ta­tional in Portland, Ore­gon, on Nov. 26. At least now the Tar Heels will have some time to get in more prac­tice, re­group and recharge a bit dur­ing an 11-day exam break.

UP NEXT

Western Carolina: The Cata­mounts host South­ern Wes­leyan on Fri­day.

UNC: The Tar Heels travel to No. 24 Ten­nessee on Dec. 17.

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