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Gerry Broome, Associated Press
Miami coach Jim Larranaga reacts during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. North Carolina won 73-56.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Tyler Zeller scored 16 points to help No. 3 North Carolina beat Miami 73-56 on Tuesday night.

Dexter Strickland added 14 for the Tar Heels (15-2, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who closed a nine-game home stand with a perfect record to rebuild some momentum after early losses to UNLV and Kentucky. The Tar Heels led almost the entire night against the Hurricanes and blew the game open with a 17-0 run spanning halftime, which staked UNC to a 23-point lead.

That was the biggest deficit of the year for the Hurricanes (9-6, 0-2), who got no closer than 15 points from there. The lopsided loss followed a one-point loss at Virginia over the weekend in coach Jim Larranaga's first ACC game on the Miami sideline.

Frontcourt star Harrison Barnes struggled to a season-low six points on 2-for-12 shooting, but the Tar Heels' often-overlooked backcourt picked up some of the slack.