Oklahoma State vs North Carolina

No. 4 North Carolina rolls over Oklahoma State in Maui

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LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) North Carolina has won the Maui Invitational three times, championships that were a springboard to two national titles and a trip to the Final Four.

Keep playing like this and the Tar Heels could be looking at a repeat performance.

Joel Berry III scored 24 points, Justin Jackson added 22 and No. 4 North Carolina steamrolled its way into the Maui Invitational championship game Tuesday night with a 107-75 victory over Oklahoma State.

''We played a level much higher than at any other time this year,'' Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said.

The Tar Heels were warned about Oklahoma State's pressing defense, one that effectively disrupted the Cowboys' four previous opponents.

But North Carolina (6-0) dominated the Cowboys from the start, building a 12-point lead in the opening 4 1/2 minutes. The Tar Heels kept their foot down, shooting 57 percent and going 8 of 17 from 3-point range while smothering Oklahoma State at the other end.

Next up is No. 16 Wisconsin in Wednesday's championship game for a chance at their fourth Maui title.

''At pregame meal, they weren't trying to scare us, just prepare us for what was to come,'' said Berry, who had five rebounds, four assists and three steals. ''We came out and hit them first.''

The Cowboys (4-1) had no answer.

Oklahoma State's press was picked apart by the long, athletic Tar Heels, and the Cowboys couldn't stop them in the half court, either.

Jawun Evans had 30 points on 13-of-25 shooting, but got little help from his Oklahoma State teammates on the offensive end. The Cowboys shot 36 percent and were 6 of 22 from 3-point range.

''Boy, did they punch us in the mouth early and it was an uphill battle from there,'' coach Brad Underwood said. ''They are a very, very good basketball team and if we play another team that good, I hope that it's deep in March and we've had time to grow.''

North Carolina needed a little warmup time against Chaminade in the opening round before dominating the Silverswords inside for a 104-61 win.

The Tar Heels jumped on the Cowboys from the opening tip, scoring inside and out. North Carolina hit seven of its first 13 shots to open with a 16-4 run and kept pouring `em in.

The Tar Heels hit 18 of 32 shots, going 4 of 7 on 3s, and led 51-38 at halftime.

Oklahoma State's first-half offense was all Evans. He had 20 points on 9-of-16 shooting while the rest of the Cowboys were 4 of 21.

North Carolina hit a couple of quick baskets to open the second half, prompting Underwood to call a timeout.

It did little good.

The Tar Heels continued to pour it on, stretching the lead to 67-42 in the opening 4 minutes and cruising from there.

''They jumped on us right at the start of the second half and the game pretty much was never in doubt,'' Underwood said.

BIG PICTURE

The Cowboys had little impact on North Carolina with their pressure defense and need to find someone besides Evans to carry some of the scoring load.

The Tar Heels showed just how good they can be with a dominating performance at both ends to set up what should be a fantastic final in Maui.

BALANCED SCORING

Berry and Jackson were the scoring leaders, but North Carolina spread it around, finishing with six players in double figures.

Isaiah Hicks and Tony Bradley had 13 points each, Nate Britt finished with 12 and Kennedy Meeks had 10.

''To see six players in double figures, that's pretty crazy against a very good team,'' Jackson said.

UP NEXT

Oklahoma State will face Georgetown in the third-place game on Wednesday.

North Carolina faces No. 16 Wisconsin in Wednesday's title game.

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Scoreboard
Oklahoma State (4-1)383775
North Carolina #4 (6-0) «5156107
OKLAST:J. Evans 30 Pts
OKLAST:J. Carroll 5 Reb
OKLAST:P. Forte III 1 Ast
UNC:J. Berry II 24 Pts
UNC:I. Hicks 8 Reb
UNC:J. Jackson 6 Ast

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Oklahoma StateNorth Carolina
OKLAST
Jawun Evans
UNC
Justin Jackson
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
30212286
Oklahoma State Cowboys
J. Evans, G2713-252-421130
P. Forte III, G240-32-23142
L. Waters III, G213-82-230110
L. Hammonds, F152-92-24056
M. Solomon, F131-42-23034
C. McGriff, F260-32-22132
J. Carroll, G/F223-81-35038
T. Shine, G/F160-21-21021
L. N'Guessan, F/C130-10-01110
B. Averette, G112-51-20125
T. Dziagwa, G61-22-23005
T. Underwood, G30-00-00000
W. Lienhard, F31-20-01012
D. Dillard, G/F00-00-00000
T. Reeves, F00-00-00000
Totals 26-7217-232852675
 36.1%73.9% 
North Carolina Tar Heels
J. Jackson, G/F287-127-786222
K. Meeks, F273-94-781510
J. Berry II, G277-106-654224
I. Hicks, F256-91-180313
K. Williams, G213-50-03019
N. Britt, G275-102-212212
T. Bradley, F195-53-421013
B. Robinson, G90-12-24022
S. Woods, G70-10-01250
S. White, G30-00-00000
A. Rohlman, F30-00-00000
K. Coker, G21-10-01002
S. Rush, F20-10-01000
T. Pinson, G/F00-00-00000
L. Maye, F00-00-00000
Totals 37-6525-29421622107
 56.9%86.2% 
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Florida St.3-414-541
Boston College3-413-765
NC State3-413-786
Notre Dame3-413-763
Syracuse2-413-642
Va. Tech2-413-6105
Wake Forest1-68-11128
Pittsburgh0-78-12160
 
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