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Chuck Burton, Associated Press
North Carolina's John Henson (31) looks to pass as he is trapped by Wake Forest's Ty Walker (40) and Nikita Mescheriakov (25) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Winston-Salem, N.C., Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Tyler Zeller had 18 points and a career-best 18 rebounds to help No. 5 North Carolina beat Wake Forest 68-53 on Tuesday night.

John Henson added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Tar Heels (19-3, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who shook off a miserable shooting performance to win their fourth straight game. North Carolina shot 31 percent, including a 1-for-13 stretch to start the second half before running off a 12-0 spurt to finally pull away.

Harrison Barnes added 13 points for the Tar Heels and played most of the second half despite rolling his left ankle midway through the first half.

C.J. Harris scored 19 points to lead the Demon Deacons (11-11, 2-6), who struggled just as badly as the Tar Heels with their shooting. Wake Forest shot just 30 percent, including 2 for 18 from 3-point range.