Hofstra falls to Tar Heels, 107-63; Jenkins gets 24
No. 8 North Carolina took a quick 15-2 lead and later scored 19 points in just over 21/2 minutes en route to a 107-63 victory over the Pride Thursday in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
The Tar Heels (2-0) shot 12-for-17 from three-point range - 8-for-9 en route to a 58-33 halftime lead - and outrebounded Hofstra 50-29.
Charles Jenkins had 24 points for the Pride (1-1), hitting 11 of 18 shots from the field. He had 20 points in the first half, shooting 9-for-11. Mike Moore added 15. Hofstra will play at 6 p.m. EST today against Western Kentucky.
The tough day began even before the opening tip when it read "Hoftra" on the scoreboard. The mistake wouldn't get fixed until halftime.
"Our goal has got to be, we've got to find a way to win a game down here," coach Mo Cassara said. "We've got some good players that are going to get better and we've got another opportunity tomorrow."
The Heels set records in the four-year tournament for points, points in a half (first half, 58), field goals made (40), field goals attempted (71) and assists (29).
At one point, Hofstra was a solid 10-for-17 from the field. The problem? The Heels were 6-for-7 on threes and led 42-23.
"It was outrageous how well we shot it early," North Carolina coach Roy Williams said. "It's fun to score. I think guys enjoy playing that way, I enjoying coaching it and the fans like to see it. Everything looks so much better when the ball goes in the basket."
The Tar Heels' Harrison Barnes - a 6-8 forward who became the first freshman named to The Associated Press preseason All-America team since voting began before the 1986-87 season - scored all 19 of his points in the first half, making all four of his three-point attempts.
"His start was sensational for us. That was really the game," Williams said. Barnes had plenty of help in the second half, as North Carolina swatted shots, alley-ooped, and pressured Hofstra all over the court.
Barnes embraces the spotlight that has made him a player to watch this season. "I wouldn't call it pressure, I call it having high expectations for myself," he said.
Leslie McDonald scored 16 points and Justin Watts added 13 for the Tar Heels. John Henson had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Said Williams, "We had a lot of things to like."