Miami Builds 27-Point Halftime Lead, Cruises Past UNC 85-57

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Isaiah Wong scored 25 points, Sam Waardenburg acceptable a vocation precocious with 21 points and Miami led by 27 points astatine halftime en way to an 85-57 triumph implicit North Carolina connected Tuesday night.

The Hurricanes ended a five-game losing streak successful the bid with their largest borderline of triumph implicit the Tar Heels. Miami led 49-22 astatine the interruption — matching North Carolina’s largest halftime shortage since 2010 against Duke.

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Miami scored 14 unanswered points aboriginal successful the archetypal half, with 2 3-pointers by Waardenburg, for a 16-5 pb and the Hurricanes led by astatine slightest 8 points the remainder of the way. Waardenburg had 11 points successful the opening 9 minutes to lucifer North Carolina’s total, and his dunk aboriginal successful the fractional made it 39-18 aft his sixth consecutive made basket.

Waardenburg scored 17 points successful the archetypal half, Wong added 15 points and Kameron McGusty had 12 arsenic the Hurricanes changeable 58.1% from the field, including 8 of 14 from 3-point range. North Carolina was conscionable 7-of-31 shooting (22.6%) successful the fractional with 10 turnovers.

Miami held Armando Bacot, who entered with back-to-back 29-point games, to conscionable 3 points successful the archetypal fractional aft playing 16 minutes owed to 2 fouls.

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The pb reached 33 points successful the 2nd half.

McGusty finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds for his 5th double-double this twelvemonth for Miami (14-4, 6-1 ACC), which has won 10 of its past 11 games.

Bacot had 15 points and 12 rebounds for North Carolina (12-5, 4-2). Bacot landed hard connected the tribunal with 5:01 near successful the 2nd fractional and stayed down for a fewer minutes earlier gingerly walking off.

Miami is scheduled to big Florida State connected Saturday successful a rematch of the Hurricanes’ 65-64 nonaccomplishment connected Jan. 11. North Carolina plays astatine Wake Forest connected Saturday.

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