North Carolina routs HofstraNov 19, 2010 - 4:03 AM San Juan, PR (Sports Network) - Highly touted freshman Harrison Barnes scored 19 points and pulled down seven rebounds, while Leslie McDonald added 16 points in eighth-ranked North Carolina's 107-63 pasting of Hofstra in the 2010 Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
Justin Watts chipped in with 13 points while John Henson supplied a dozen points and 11 rebounds for the Tar Heels (2-0), who will play Minnesota in Friday's semifinals.
Charles Jenkins scored 24 points on 11-of-18 shooting and Mike Moore added 15 points for the Pride (1-1), who were coming off Saturday's season-opening win over Farmingdale State.
Jenkins is two points shy of passing David Taylor for seventh place on Hofstra's all-time scoring list.
"We're a work in progress," Hofstra head coach Mo Cassara said. "I've said that many times about our team. We've got some young guys who really lack experience, so we're going to continue to be better. The great thing is we have an opportunity to come out and play tomorrow."
Carolina took control right away, racing out to a 15-2 lead just over four minutes into the game. Barnes scored eight points in the run, including two threes, and hit another trifecta to extend the lead to 45-25 with 7:17 to go in the first half. A Justin Knox layup increased the margin to 58-33 at the break.
Barnes scored all of his points in the first half, shooting 7-of-9 overall and 4-of-4 from three-point range. He helped the Heels make 54.1 percent from the field (20-of-37) in the opening 20 minutes, including 8-of-9 from three-point territory.
"We've scored a lot of points my entire career because I like to go up and down with the basketball," North Carolina head coach Roy Williams said. "Last year we didn't do that very well and we didn't make many shots. Again, it was outrageous how well we shot it early. If we're going to score points we have to do a good job on the defensive end and get some points off our defense, and I think we did that better in the second half. I think guys enjoy playing that way, I enjoy coaching it and fans like to see it."
Jenkins made 9-of-11 from the floor en route to 20 first-half points.
McDonald's triple made it 73-36 with 13 1/2 minutes to go. The lead fluctuated between 28 and 47 the rest of the way, as the Tar Heels finished the game shooting 56.34-percent (40-of-71).
Barnes missed the only two shots he took in the second half...Tyler Zeller added 11 points and eight rebounds and Dexter Strickland provided 11 points for Carolina in the first-ever meeting between the two schools...Williams improved to 197-54 at UNC. The victory was the 616th of his 23-year career. The Tar Heels collected their 2,006th all-time win, second-most all-time in college basketball history behind Kentucky (2,024). Carolina established nine single-game records in the fourth annual tournament, including points, field goals made, field goals attempted, field goal percentage, first half points, assists (29), free throws made (31) and attempted (49) and three-point field goal percentage (70.6)...Hofstra center Greg Washington blocked two shots to bring his school-record total to 211. He scored four points and grabbed four boards...The Pride shot 41.3 percent from the floor, 26-of-63.
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