No. 9 North Carolina easily beats Miss. St. 95-49

No. 9 North Carolina easily beats Miss. St. 95-49

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ST LOUIS, MO - MARCH 25: Head coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts as he coaches in the first half against the Kansas Jayhawks during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Midwest Regional Final at Edward Jones Dome on March 25, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on November 20, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Updated Sunday, Oct 20 at 11:38 AM

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) -- Leslie McDonald scored 21 points as one of five North Carolina players in double-figures in an easy 95-49 win over Mississippi State on Monday at the Maui Invitational. 

P.J. Hairston had 18 points, Reggie Bullock had 16 points, and Dexter Strickland and James McAdoo each scored 10. 

Roquez Johnson led the Bulldogs with 12 points.  

The Tar Heels scored the game's first nine points and led 29-6 in less than 10 minutes. Mississippi State never came closer than 20 points behind after that. A fade-away 3-pointer from Hairston put UNC up 42 with 5:30 left in the game.    

Mississippi State made just seven shots in the first half and shot 28.3 percent for the game.  

North Carolina next faces Butler, which topped Marquette on a buzzer-beater 3-pointer earlier Monday.
 

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