The Tar Heels (5-2) were led by Dexter Strickland with 14 points and Marcus Paige with 11 – not nearly enough when North Carolina managed three points and one field goal – a tip-in that Indiana may have gotten a hand on – in the first 8 1/2 minutes of the second half.
For 16 minutes, the college powerhouses battled to a 31-31 draw.
But Zeller scored six points in a 15-6 run to close the first half and played a key role in the Hoosiers’ 13-0 spurt to open the second half that turned the game.
Cody Zeller puts back his miss:
Christian Watford drives, puts it down with one hand:
Victor Oladipo tips one home:
Yogi Ferrell hits Will Sheehey for the dunk:
Cody Zeller runs the floor, slams it home:
Victor Oladipo throws one down:
Cody Zeller swats the shot:
FINAL: Jordan Hulls scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Cody Zeller added 20 points and eight boards to lead No. 1 Indiana to an 83-59 victory over No. 13 North Carolina on Tuesday at Assembly Hall. The game was tied 31-31 before the Hoosiers went on a 37-9 run to take a 28-point lead in the middle of the second half. Indiana shot 8-of-20 from three-point range during the game, good for 40 percent. Ball movement led to 21 assists on its 33 baskets for the Hoosiers. More Indiana scoring came from Will Sheehey and Victor Oladipo, who each scored 19.
HALFTIME: No. 1 Indiana took full advantage of the stellar combination of Cody Zeller and Jordan Hulls, ending the first half against No. 13 North Carolina up 46-37. Zeller scored 13 points, grabbed four rebounds, and shot 6-of-10 from the field, while Hulls scored seven points, grabbed four rebounds, had five assists, and shot 3-of-5 from the field. The Hoosiers controlled the boards, outrebounding the Tar Heels 19-12 in the first half. The Tar Heels’ Marcus Paige already has seven points.
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