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Off the cuff: Caroilna was scary good against Oklahoma State. How could the Heels improve? I suppose they could limit their opponents' offensive rebounds.

But the Tar Heels can score, defend and withstand players in foul trouble with their depth.

The 107 points were the most a Tar Heel team has scored since December of 2014 when the Heels scored 108 at home against ECU.

It was the first time since 2012 that Carolina has scored more than 100 points in consecutive games.

Some years it seems the Tar Heels have trouble hitting free throws. Not so far. Carolina hit 25 of 29 Tuesday night with only Kennedy Meeks having trouble as he missed three straight at one point.

With the quick pace the Heels dictate, they do make a few turnovers but that's a small price to pay when you're clicking on all cylinders.


Tar Heels 107, Oklahoma State 75
Carolina looks unstoppable in Maui

No. 4 North Carolina could have beaten anyone in the country the way it played Tuesday night in Hawaii, rolling past previously unbeaten Oklahoma State 107-75. (11/22)

On offense the Heels set the pace, moved well and threw crisp passes while on defense the Heels were quick and aggressive.

"We were diving on the floor and really getting after it," said Joel Berry, who led the way with a career-high 24 points. "We showed we can compete with high-calibre teams."

Coach Roy Williams said he was impressed with Oklahoma State's high energy level in the Cowboys' first game of the tournament. "They got our focus," Coach Williams said, adding that his team was able to match that energy level.

"It's still so early but I like the way we played," Coach Williams said.

Six UNC players scored in double figures. After Berry's 24, Justin Jackson scored 22, Tony Bradley and Isaiah Hicks tallied 13, Nate Britt added 12 and Kennedy Meeks finished with 10.

The Heels outshot the Cowboys 58 percent to 36 percent and outrebounded their opponent 47-31.

Juwaun Evans was the bright spot for Oklahoma State as he led all scorers with 30, although it took 25 shots to get there.

With Oklahoma State coming into the game at 4-0 and averaging 105 points this season, it figured to be a high-scoring, competitive affair. But the Heels took control early.

In the first five minutes, the Heels sprinted out to a 16-4 advantage as six Carolina players scored during the stretch with sophomore Kenny Williams draining a pair of threes.

Carolina got the lead up to 17 in the first half on a nice three-point play by Jackson, who drove left of the lane and put in a two-handed baseline floater and converted the free throw to make it 41-24.

Leading 51-38 at the break, the Heels went on a run early in the second half to eliminate any chance of Oklahoma State coming back. A 13-0 run over just more than three minutes put the Heels in command at 70-42.

Berry hit a pair of threes during that run with one from the left corner and another from the top of the key.

An athletic move and short jumper in the lane by Hicks put Carolina up 83-53 midway through the second half.

The Tar Heels worked the lead up to as many as 34 points before settling for the 32-point win.

"I still think we can get a whole lot better," Jackson said. If so, the ACC and the nation better watch out.

The Tar Heels will see if they can keep it going in the finals of the Maui Invitational against Wisconsin, a team that knocked Carolina out of the NCAA tournament two seasons ago.

The 6-0 Tar Heels take on the Badgers at 10 p.m. Wednesday for the title.

Box Score

Berry in Maui.

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