The Tar Heels were up by double digits less than five minutes into the game, and led by 20 with 12:30 remaining in the first half. The Bulldogs never threatened from the onset, as the Tar Heels stormed them defensively, forcing 22 turnovers and collecting 15 steals along the way. It was a defensive performance from the beginning as the Tar Heels held the Bulldogs to just 27.9 percent shooting, including a miniscule 11.8 percent from three-point range.
The Tar Heels had five players in double figures, including 21 points and six threes from Leslie McDonald and 18 points and four threes from P.J. Hairston. Reggie Bullock chipped in 16 points, as well.