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No. 13 UNC shoots nearly 66 percent, routs Tulane 97-73

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Two of No. 13 North Carolina's best shooting performances have come in a five-day span. For the Tar Heels, it all starts at the other end of the court.

Luke Maye had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and North Carolina routed Tulane 97-73 on Sunday.

Kenny Williams and Joel Berry II finished with 13 points apiece to help the Tar Heels (8-1) win their third straight.

The defending national champions shot a season-best 65.5 percent and hit nearly 68 percent during their best-shooting half of the season, helping them put this one away by halftime.

Coach Roy Williams called it ''maybe our best defensive half of the year,'' but his team was pretty strong on offense, too, building a permanent double-figure lead before missing a shot from anywhere - either the field or the free-throw line.

Tulane shot 37.7 percent - a fraction of a percentage point better than Arkansas had in UNC's best defensive performance of the season, on Nov. 24 in Portland, Oregon, in the PK80 Invitational.

''That was the key that (Williams) put on the board: Let this be our best defensive game all year,'' forward Theo Pinson said. ''We knew we had to be locked in defensively, and once we got after them, we had control.''

Melvin Frazier scored 27 points and Cameron Reynolds finished with 18 for Tulane (6-2). The Green Wave, who hadn't allowed an opponent to shoot better than 50 percent before this, had no defensive answers in losing twice in three games after starting 5-0.

North Carolina dominated virtually every line on the final box score. The Tar Heels never trailed, built a 45-26 rebounding advantage, scored 62 points in the paint and blocked nine shots to Tulane's one.

BIG PICTURE

Tulane: Coach Mike Dunleavy's team has made progress, already matching its victory total from 2016-17 against what to this point has been a navigable schedule. But the Tar Heels - their first top-100 opponent in the Ken Pomeroy efficiency ratings - gave them a reality check and easily dropped them to 0-2 in true road games.

''Obviously, they're NCAA champions and today they played like a team that has that pedigree,'' Dunleavy said. ''I was really disappointed ... (and) thought we were further along, that we made more progress.''

North Carolina: The Tar Heels certainly looked like themselves again, putting together a third victory in five days after No. 3 Michigan State embarrassed them in the PK80 a week earlier. North Carolina has scored at least 85 points in every game but one - that cold-shooting loss to the Spartans - and had no trouble hitting that mark against the outmanned Green Wave. Since the Tar Heels shot a program-record-low 24.5 percent against the Spartans, they shot a then-season-best 54.8 percent against Michigan and 47 percent against Davidson. Now this.

HIGHLIGHT REEL

At the very least, the Green Wave came up with the play of the day. Frazier blew by Brandon Robinson with a behind-the-back dribble, then took off down the lane and posterized Maye with a vicious tomahawk slam. Though it was pretty, it only pulled Tulane to 23-8 with 12 minutes before halftime.

STAT SHEET

Maye finished with a career-high four blocked shots. It's the junior's third straight game in which he set a career best in at least one stat category. ''It's not coaching. It's sweat,'' coach Roy Williams said. ''Luke Maye's been willing to put in an amount of sweat that very few players have ever done.''

HE SAID IT

''Looks good now, doesn't it?'' - Roy Williams, on North Carolina's 2015 recruiting class that included Maye and Kenny Williams. The class was ranked 10th in the 15-team Atlantic Coast Conference.

UP NEXT

Tulane: Plays host to Southern on Wednesday.

North Carolina: Plays host to Western Carolina on Wednesday night.

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Key Players
M. Frazier
L. Maye
31.9 Min. Per Game 31.9
20.6 Pts. Per Game 20.6
2.3 Ast. Per Game 2.3
10.4 Reb. Per Game 10.4
71.4 Field Goal % 56.4
54.5 Three Point % 44.0
77.3 Free Throw % 57.8
+ 2 Melvin Frazier made dunk, assist by Shakwon Barrett 2.0
  Defensive rebound by Cameron Reynolds 9.0
  Shea Rush missed 3-pt. jump shot 11.0
+ 2 Cameron Reynolds made jump shot, assist by Melvin Frazier 31.0
  Defensive rebound by Tulane 47.0
  Jalek Felton missed 3-pt. jump shot 49.0
+ 3 Melvin Frazier made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Blake Paul 1:09
  Turnover on Shea Rush 1:18
  Lost ball turnover on Shakwon Barrett, stolen by Shea Rush 1:22
+ 2 Brandon Huffman made jump shot, assist by Jalek Felton 1:33
+ 1 Melvin Frazier made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:48
Team Stats
Points 73 97
Field Goals 26-69 (37.7%) 38-58 (65.5%)
3-Pointers 10-27 (37.0%) 5-12 (41.7%)
Free Throws 11-16 (68.8%) 16-29 (55.2%)
Total Rebounds 26 45
Offensive 7 9
Defensive 15 34
Team 4 2
Assists 17 18
Steals 2 3
Blocks 1 9
Turnovers 8 13
Fouls 24 19
Technicals 0 0
27 PTS, 3 REB, 5 AST
22 PTS, 10 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo Tulane 6-2 294473
home team logo 13 North Carolina 8-1 524597
Team Stats
away team logo Tulane 6-2 67.2 PPG 40.7 RPG 14.3 APG
home team logo 13 North Carolina 8-1 85.8 PPG 47.1 RPG 18.8 APG
Key Players
00
M. Frazier G PPG RPG APG FG%
32
L. Maye F 14.9 PPG 10.5 RPG 2.3 APG 43.0 FG%
Top Scorers
M. Frazier G 27 PTS 3 REB 5 AST
L. Maye F 22 PTS 10 REB 4 AST
37.7 FG% 65.5
37.0 3PT FG% 41.7
68.8 FT% 55.2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Frazier 27 3 5 9/16 1/4 8/11 1 38 2 0 2 0 3
C. Reynolds 18 5 4 8/15 2/5 0/1 4 34 0 0 0 2 3
J. Cornish 12 1 0 4/12 4/8 0/0 1 25 0 0 1 0 1
R. Ona Embo 2 2 4 0/5 0/3 2/2 2 27 0 0 0 1 1
B. Paul 1 0 2 0/1 0/0 1/2 3 13 0 0 2 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Frazier 27 3 5 9/16 1/4 8/11 1 38 2 0 2 0 3
C. Reynolds 18 5 4 8/15 2/5 0/1 4 34 0 0 0 2 3
J. Cornish 12 1 0 4/12 4/8 0/0 1 25 0 0 1 0 1
R. Ona Embo 2 2 4 0/5 0/3 2/2 2 27 0 0 0 1 1
B. Paul 1 0 2 0/1 0/0 1/2 3 13 0 0 2 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Daniels 11 0 0 4/11 3/4 0/0 2 19 0 0 1 0 0
S. Sehic 2 6 0 1/5 0/2 0/0 3 14 0 0 0 2 4
C. Slater 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 8 0 0 0 0 0
B. Ajang 0 3 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 5 10 0 0 0 1 2
S. Barrett 0 0 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 1 0 0
B. Koka 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 7 0 1 1 1 1
B. Woodside - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Reyes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Conroy - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Galic - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 73 22 17 26/69 10/27 11/16 24 200 2 1 8 7 15
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Maye 22 10 4 8/12 0/1 6/9 1 32 0 4 2 2 8
J. Berry II 13 3 3 4/10 1/4 4/5 2 27 0 1 3 0 3
K. Williams 13 6 1 5/6 2/3 1/1 2 25 1 0 2 1 5
T. Pinson 9 4 4 4/6 0/0 1/2 2 28 1 0 1 1 3
G. Brooks 8 5 1 4/6 0/0 0/2 3 16 0 1 2 1 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Maye 22 10 4 8/12 0/1 6/9 1 32 0 4 2 2 8
J. Berry II 13 3 3 4/10 1/4 4/5 2 27 0 1 3 0 3
K. Williams 13 6 1 5/6 2/3 1/1 2 25 1 0 2 1 5
T. Pinson 9 4 4 4/6 0/0 1/2 2 28 1 0 1 1 3
G. Brooks 8 5 1 4/6 0/0 0/2 3 16 0 1 2 1 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Felton 9 0 3 3/4 1/2 2/2 1 13 0 1 1 0 0
B. Huffman 9 6 0 4/4 0/0 1/4 1 12 0 2 0 1 5
S. Manley 7 3 0 3/4 0/0 1/4 2 14 0 0 1 0 3
A. Platek 7 2 1 3/3 1/1 0/0 3 10 0 0 0 1 1
B. Robinson 0 3 1 0/2 0/0 0/0 1 14 0 0 0 2 1
S. Rush 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 3 1 0 1 0 0
A. Rohlman 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
W. Miller 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1
C. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Woods - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 97 43 18 38/58 5/12 16/29 19 200 3 9 13 9 34