7:00 PM ET, December 29, 2011
Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, NC
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina headed into Christmas with one of its best performances of the season. The Tar Heels (No. 6 ESPN/USA Today, No. 5 AP) didn't want to squander that progress by coming out of the holiday looking flat and unfocused.Instead, they put together a dominating first-half run to blow out Elon early and extend their home winning streak.Tyler Zeller had 19 points and 13 rebounds to help the Tar Heels beat the Phoenix 100-62 on Thursday night, tying a Smith Center record with their 25th straight win in the arena. It was North Carolina's first game after an eight-day layoff following a 19-point win against Texas.
Pickeral: Zeller on a Rebounding Roll
UNC's Tyler Zeller tied his career high for rebounds (13, including a career-best nine on the offensive end) against Elon, marking the fourth straight game he has recorded double-digit rebounds, writes Robbi Pickeral. Blog
Tar Heels Love the Smith Center
The Tar Heels have now won 25 straight games at the Dean Smith Center, matching the longest win streak in the history of the arena, which opened in January 1986. Three of the four longest win streaks there have been under coach Roy Williams.
UNC's Longest Win Streaks
Dean Smith Center History
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||26-78 (.333)||39-83 (.470)|
|3P Made-Attempted||7-28 (.250)||5-14 (.357)|
|FT Made-Attempted||3-5 (.600)||17-25 (.680)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||21 (0/0)||8 (0/0)|
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