Miami builds 27-point halftime lead, cruises past UNC 85-57

Charlie Moore of the Miami (Fl) Hurricanes shoots the ball during the first half against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Watsco Center on January 18, 2022 in Coral Gables, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images) (Eric Espada, 2022 Eric Espada)

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Isaiah Wong scored 25 points, Sam Waardenburg set a career high with 21 points and Miami led by 27 points at halftime en route to an 85-57 victory over North Carolina.

The Hurricanes ended a five-game losing streak in the series with their largest margin of victory over the Tar Heels.

Miami led 49-22 at the break — matching North Carolina’s largest halftime deficit since 2010 against Duke.

Waardenburg scored 17 points in the first half, Wong added 15 points and Kameron McGusty had 12 as the Hurricanes shot 58.1% from the field, including 8 of 14 from 3-point range.

Armando Bacot finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds for North Carolina.

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