No. 8 UNC went into the intermission at the Smith Center up 56-40 against N.C. State, thanks to a 14-point first-half performance from first-year guard Coby White.
UNC (17-4, 7-1 ACC) got the game started with a 3-pointer from graduate guard Cameron Johnson. The teams traded basket before senior guard Kenny Williams answered with another three to make it a 10-5 game.
N.C. State (16-6, 4-5 ACC) responded with a 5-0 run to tie the contest at 10. After Williams made a layup for his seventh point of the night, senior forward Luke Maye followed with a jumper. He was fouled on the play and made the subsequent free throw.
By the under-12 timeout, UNC had extended its lead to 22-16, thanks to a 5-0 run. Maye added four points during the run and Williams chipped in a free throw.