No. 5 UNC beats rival NC State 67-55 for 5-0 ACC start
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Kennedy Meeks scored 18 of his 23 points after halftime to help No. 5 North Carolina pull away from rival North Carolina State 67-55 on Saturday.
Joel Berry II added 14 points for the Tar Heels (16-2), who improved to 5-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference for the first time since the 2000-01 season. For the second straight year, the Tar Heels struggled to get out in transition or find their flow against the Wolfpack in Chapel Hill.
But unlike last year, the Tar Heels figured out how to pull away from the Wolfpack (10-8, 0-5), thanks primarily to the tough play of Meeks in the final 20 minutes.
It was Meeks' second game back after missing seven games due to a knee injury, but he came through with an 8-for-10 shooting performance after halftime and two second-half blocks while repeatedly diving on the floor for loose balls.