It was closer than many expected, but the No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels used a late first half spurt to take the lead before cruising to a 67-55 win over the Michigan State Spartans on Friday night in the Carrier Classic. The game was almost a subplot though, with the USS Carl Vinson and the San Diego backdrop taking center-stage. Basketball on an aircraft carrier on Veteran's Day is a sight to behold.
Michigan State held its own, taking an early lead and keeping Friday's matchup somewhat close throughout. UNC, try as it might, was never able to pull away, though the game was never much in doubt after a first half run had the Tar Heels heading into the locker room with a double-digit lead.
Harrison Barnes finished with a game-high 17 points while also grabbing six rebounds. John Henson and Dexter Strickland were also in double-digits for the Tar Heels, scoring 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Draymond Green scored a team-high 13 points and added a game-high 15 rebounds in the loss. Branden Dawson and Adreian Payne each added 10 points for the Spartans.
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