CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — John Henson had 18 points and 14 rebounds to help top-ranked North Carolina beat Mississippi Valley State 101-75 on Sunday.
Harrison Barnes also had 18 points for the Tar Heels (3-0), who had little trouble winning their home opener in a ragged game. North Carolina never trailed, led by 14 at halftime then blew the game open in the final 10 minutes to lead by as many as 30.
That's not to say it was a flawless performance. North Carolina struggled to make outside shots and spent most of the game shooting below 50 percent from the foul line. But the Delta Devils (0-3) were in no position to take advantage, shooting just 38 percent and 8-for-27 from 3-point range.
North Carolina also took a 62-39 edge on the boards.
Brent Arrington scored 33 points to lead Mississippi Valley State, which is spending the first two months of the season on the road.