N.Carolina 129, Manhattan 45
MIAMI (AP) _ Reserves Ranzino Smith and Kevin Madden scored 17 points each to lead nine North Carolina players in double figures Friday night as the top-ranked Tar Heels devastated Manhattan 129-45 in the first round of the Orange Bowl college basketball tournament.
The 129 points broke the school record of 128 set in 1972 against Dartmouth. The victory margin of 84 points topped the previous best of 69 in a 89-20 thrashing of Davidson in 1945.
The Tar Heels, 11-0, wasted no time in overpowering the outmatched Jaspers, 1-8. Coach Dean Smith’s team roared to leads of 6-0, 16-4 and 33-11 before capping a near-perfect first half with a 21-1 run to take a 67-24 lead at intermission.
Earlier, Brown beat Miami 62-61 to earn the right to play the powerful Tar Heels in the tournament championship game Saturday night.
Four of the North Carolina starters - Brad Daugherty, Steve Hale, Kenny Smith and Joe Wolf - scored 10 points, and the fifth, Popson, got nine. Reserve center Warren Martin scored 15 points, Steve Bucknall added 12 and Jeff Lebo had 10.
The Tar Heels shot 75 percent, 30 of 40, from the floor in the first 20 minutes and outrebounded the Jaspers 15-10.
North Carolina, staying in an active man-to-man defense for most of the game, topped 100 with 9:52 remaining when Ranzino Smith hit a fast-break basket to make it 101-36.
The only suspense in the second half came when the Tar Heels’ Dave Popson collapsed in a heap after catching an elbow from Manhattan’s Maurice Williams. Popson stayed down for more than a minute, but the injury wasn’t serious and Popson returned later in the game.
Manhattan’s Williams was the game’s leading scorer with 19 points.