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Hurricanes build 27-point halftime lead, cruise past North Carolina 85-57

Isaiah Wong scores 25, Sam Waardenburg sets career-high with 21
Miami Hurricanes guard Isaiah Wong shoots over North Carolina Tar Heels, Jan. 18, 2022
Posted at 9:29 PM, Jan 18, 2022

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 Tuesday 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.

Miami Hurricanes forward Sam Waardenburg dunks over North Carolina Tar Heels, Jan. 18, 2022
Miami forward Sam Waardenburg dunks over North Carolina forward Brady Manek (45) and forward Armando Bacot (5) during the first half Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, in Coral Gables, Fla.

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.