CHAPEL HILL (WNCT) – Joel Berry II scored 23 points and fifth-ranked North Carolina shot 53 percent to beat Long Beach State 93-67 on Tuesday night.
Kennedy Meeks added 15 points for the Tar Heels (3-0), who scored the game’s first 14 points and led by 23 points by halftime. That dominating start was enough to erase any doubt about the outcome, though Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams was aggravated enough at one sloppy second-half stretch that he angrily punched a clipboard to the court during a timeout.
Still, the Tar Heels – who shot 59 percent in the opening half – never let the 49ers closer than 16 after halftime.
Gabe Levin scored 17 points for Long Beach State (1-2), who never recovered from an awful start that included making 8 of 31 shots (26 percent) in the first half. The 49ers finished at 36 percent and missed 20 of 26 3-pointers.