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UNC dominates Syracuse with five double-digit scorers

Home sweet home.

NCAA Basketball: Syracuse at North Carolina Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

UNC flexed their offensive muscle in a rout of Syracuse on Saturday in Chapel Hill, winning the game 103-67. It had been what felt like an eternity since the Tar Heels got to play in front of their home crowd, and they treated fans in the Dean Dome to an outstanding performance that earned biscuits by surpassing the 100-point mark for the third time this season.

Carolina raced to a 27-point lead in the first half before a Syracuse run tightened things up just slightly. Even with that run the Tar Heels held a 52-30 halftime lead. UNC pushed that lead to as many as 39 in the second half, and Hubert Davis was able to pull his starters with around eight minutes left in the game. It was good to get the depths of the bench some action against an ACC team, but even better to get the usual players some rest.

Five Tar Heels finished the game in double figures with RJ Davis’ 22 points leading the way. Davis made four of his six three-pointers and had five steals. Armando Bacot had another double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. He played just 17 minutes. Jalen Washington and Harrison Ingram had 11 points each, and Jae’Lyn Withers had 10 points.

From wire-to-wire, UNC was able to prove why they are one of the most impressive teams in the country. They out-rebounded the Orange 53-30, dominated on points in the paint 58-32, and had 13 steals. The Heels had 22 second chance points to Syracuse’s six. It was a totally dominant performance. The sub-60 points allowed streak did come to an end, in part because the Tar Heels simply played so fast that it lent itself to giving Syracuse extra possessions, and the fact that the starters were on the bench for a huge part of the second half, but it showed that Carolina is capable of beating the other team regardless of the pace of play. They should be rewarded with a top-5 ranking when the polls come out on Monday.

UNC is back on action on Wednesday when they welcome Louisville to Chapel Hill.