North Carolina's P.J. Hairston looked in midseason form Friday night despite a trouble-filled offseason, while freshman Kennedy Meeks appeared ready to give the Tar Heels a boost up front.
Hairston scored 20 points in the team's public scrimmage during the annual ''Late Night With Roy'' preseason event, while Meeks had 16 points and 12 rebounds, according to unofficial stats. The Blue-White game ended in a 50-all tie on Marcus Paige's runner with 0.5 seconds left.
The Tar Heels are unsure how long Hairston will have to sit out after authorities cited the top returning scorer in May and June as he drove a rental car linked to a felon, raising the possibility of an NCAA violation for receiving improper benefits.
Hairston was arrested and charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession during the second traffic stop, though that charge was dismissed in July. Nine days after the dismissal, coach Roy Williams indefinitely suspended Hairston after he was charged with speeding and reckles...