Jackson scores career-high 27, No. 6 UNC beats Tulane, 95-75
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Justin Jackson scored a career-high 27 points, hitting four 3-pointers amid an array of shots from inside and out, and No. 6 North Carolina never trailed its overmatched host, defeating Tulane 95-75 on Friday night in the regular season opener for both teams.
Joel Berry II had a career-high 23 points, Isaiah Hicks scored 16, and Kennedy Meeks grabbed 15 rebounds – including seven on the offensive end – for the Tar Heels, who never trailed and led by as many as 21 points.
The game marked the college coaching debut for former NBA player and coach Mike Dunleavy, but his Tulane squad simply lacked the talent to stay with a team that lost last season's national championship game to Villanova on a last-second shot.
Cameron Reynolds scored a career-high 21 points, hitting five of six from 3-point range. Tulane struggled to get open looks near the basket against North Carolina's imposing interior, but the Green Wave hit 12 3-pointers to account for nearly half of its points.