No. 20 UNC jumps on ETSU early in 78-55 rout

No. 20 UNC jumps on ETSU early in 78-55 rout
December 8, 2012, 9:27 pm
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North Carolina's Reggie Bullock shoots against East Tennessee State's Lester Wilson as North Carolina's Joel James (0) watches during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Leslie McDonald scored 14 points and No. 20 North Carolina held East Tennessee State to 12 points in the first half of a 78-55 rout Saturday night.

Freshman Brice Johnson added 12 points for the Tar Heels (7-2). They shot 42.9 percent and used a 34-2 run to put the overmatched Buccaneers out of this one early, needing only about 15 minutes to go up by 30.

Rashawn Rembert scored a career-high 18 points and Lester Wilson added 13 points on 5-of-19 shooting with 11 rebounds for ETSU (2-5). Its halftime point total was the fewest for a half in the nearly 27-year-old Smith Center.

Reggie Bullock added 10 points for the Tar Heels, who won their second straight since an ugly loss at No. 1 Indiana.