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GREENVILLE, S.C. – Texas Southern gave top-seeded North Carolina an initial wake-up call, leading 10-8 in the early minutes of the game before it was all Tar Heels from there as UNC went on a pair of big runs and extended the lead to 25 by halftime.NCAAenhanced logo

North Carolina’s Justin Jackson made 5-of-6 from 3-point range in the opening half as UNC eventually went on to defeat No. 16 Texas Southern 103-64 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament’s South Region at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

The Tigers (23-12), winners of three of the previous four SWAC Championships under head coach Mike Davis, came out energized as Kevin made a lay in, and followed it up with a 3-pointer.

Demontrae Jefferson came up with a steal and a dunk by Marvin Jones on a feed from Zach Lofton gave TSU a 7-6 lead.

UNC’s Kennedy Meeks made a bucket to give the Tar Heels the lead back, but Scott answered with a 3-pointer for TSU.

Jumpers by Jackson and Isaiah Hicks gave UNC (28-7) the lead for good at 12-10 with 15:49 remaining the first half.

Scott made 6-of-14 field goals and scored a team-high 19 points with five rebounds, three assists and a steal.

Jefferson scored 13 points while Jones finished with six points, five rebounds, two blocks and a steal.

Jackson had 21 points and seven rebounds while Hicks added 17 points and six rebounds for the Tar Heels, who will advance to play Arkansas in the second rou