CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – So there is more to UNC offensively than its “Big Three.”
While third-ranked North Carolina’s frontcourt made only 5 of 19 shots in the first half at the Smith Center, starting guards Kendall Marshall and Dexter Strickland are 7-for-9, and the Tar Heels lead Miami 40-25.
It has been a game of runs for UNC, as it has outscored the Hurricanes in bursts of 8-0 and 8-0, then a 9-0 run to end the half. Leading 31-25, Marshall led that final breakaway by beating Miami reserve Shane Larkin on consecutive drives to the bucket for baskets. On Marshall’s third consecutive drive, he fed the ball to forward John Henson, who was fouled.
Marshall, Strickland and forward Tyler Zeller all have 8 points apiece for the Tar Heels, who are shooting 41.7 percent and have outrebounded the Hurricanes by 10.
Kenny Kadji leads the Hurricanes, who are shooting 34.5 percent, with 9 points.