Once again North Carolina found themselves down at the half, only to take control of the game in the second half and close for the win. They defeated Miami in Coral Gables, 73-64.
Carolina finally gained the lead for good at the 9:07 mark of the second half and never trailed again. But it was a struggle early on as the Heels were cold from outside and Miami was not. Carolina warmed up in the second half hitting 5 threes after making none in the first half while Miami finished under 40 percent from the floor after a hot start.
Harrison Barnes led the Tar Heels in scoring with 23 points and 6 rebounds. John Henson was solid with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Tyler Zeller had 9 points and 8 boards and Kendall Marshall finished with 9 assists.
North Carolina got 12 bench points, led by Justin Watts, P.J. Hairston and James Michael McAdoo all with 4 each.
Miami led at halftime 35-30 but the Tar Heels out scored the Canes 43-29 in the second half. They also won the rebounding edge by 42-33.
The win puts North Carolina at the top of the ACC at 9-2, a half game ahead of both Duke and Florida State. Duke hosts N.C. State and Florida State plays Virginia Tech at home on Wednesday. Carolina moves to 22-4 overall and return home to Chapel Hill to face Clemson, who has never defeated North Carolina in Chapel Hill, on Saturday.