This is more like what we were expecting. After Michigan State inched ahead in the early-goings of the 2011 Carrier Classic, played on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson, North Carolina began to assert itself as the first half wore on. At the half, North Carolina holds a double-digit lead, 36-25.
Harrison Barnes and John Henson paced the Tar Heels in the first half, each scoring eight points. Barnes had three rebounds and an assist, as well. Dexter Strickland scored six points, with James Michael McAdoo and Kendall Marshall each adding four.
Brandon Dawson scored six points to lead the way for the Spartans. Brandon Wood added five, Draymond Green chipped in four and Derrick Nix had four points in the half, as well. Green has a game-high seven rebounds thus far.
And did we mention this was being played on a boat? Because it is. This game is awesome.
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