High Point crushes UNC-Pembroke 104-72

Nick Barbour scored 38 points to lead High Point to a 104-72 win over UNC-Pembroke in the Panthers’ season opener on Saturday.

Barbour shot 13-for-16 from the field, including 10-for-11 from 3-point range for the Panthers. Eugene Harris added 13 points, and Corey Law chipped in with 11.

Shahmel Brackett scored 17 points to lead the Braves. Ty Alston added 13.

High Point took a 20-4 lead to open the game after Barbour’s dunk with 12:36 remaining in the first half. They would lead 55-23 at halftime.

A separate 15-2 run in the second half, capped by a 3-pointer by Barbour, gave High Point a 70-30 lead with 15:59 left in the game.

The Panthers shot 58 percent from the field (38-for-65), including 52 percent from beyond the 3-point arc (12-for-23). They also totaled 15 steals and forced 28 turnovers.