No. 4 North Carolina rolls over Oklahoma State in Maui
The Associated Press - November 23, 2016 11:15 am
North Carolina guard Joel Berry II (2) drives around Oklahoma State guard Jawun Evans, rear, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Maui Invitational on Tuesday in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) – Joel Berry III scored 24 points, Justin Jackson added 22 and No. 4 North Carolina steamrolled its way into the Maui Invitational championship game Tuesday night with a 107-75 victory over Oklahoma State.
North Carolina (6-0) dominated the Cowboys from the start, building a 12-point lead in the opening 4 1/2 minutes. The Tar Heels kept their foot down, shooting 57 percent and going 8 of 17 from 3-point range while smothering Oklahoma State at the other end.
Next up is No. 16 Wisconsin in Wednesday’s championship game for a chance at their fourth Maui Invitational title. North Carolina won two national titles and reached the Final Four after its previous three Maui championships.
Oklahoma State (4-1) managed to harass its first four opponents into numerous mistakes with its pressure defense, but was picked apart by the long, athletic Tar Heels.
Jawun Evans had 30 points on 13-of-25 shooting, but got little help from his teammates on the offensive end. The Cowboys shot 36 percent and were 6 of 22 from 3-point range.