Originally posted on Fox Sports Carolinas  |  Last updated 11/22/11
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Reggie Bullock scored a career-high 23 points and Kendall Marshall had 15 assists to help No. 1 North Carolina beat Tennessee State 102-69 on Tuesday night. John Henson added 16 points, 10 rebounds and a career-best six assists for the Tar Heels (4-0), who shot 62 percent and had little trouble staying unbeaten. North Carolina led 55-42 at halftime, then used a 14-0 spurt early in the second half to blow the game open and crack the 100-point mark for the second time in three days. Harrison Barnes also scored 16 for UNC, which had a dozen players score and four reach double figures. Kellen Thornton scored 15 points to lead the Tigers (2-3), while Kenny Moore added 14. Tennessee State hung around in the first half, hitting seven of 11 3-pointers in the game, but the Tar Heels held the Tigers to 11-for-33 shooting (33 percent) after halftime as they pulled away. While North Carolina had plenty of big offensive performances, Bullock and Marshall stood out. Bullock shot 6 of 7 on 3-pointers -- the six 3s were also a career high -- and came out of the game with students chanting his name and the Tar Heels up 92-56 at the 4:39 mark. Marshall left the game seconds later, ending the day three assists shy of tying the school record set by Raymond Felton in 2003. It also was Marshall's third game with at least 15 assists in his 24 career starts. No other UNC player has more than one in a career. North Carolina beat Mississippi Valley State 101-75 in its home opener Sunday, though the Tar Heels struggled with their outside and free-throw shooting. North Carolina made 5 of 19 shots from behind the arc and spent most of the game shooting below 50 percent from the foul line before finishing 16 for 31. Offense wasn't a problem against the Tigers. The Tar Heels finished with 32 assists on 41 baskets, while Bullock led the team's 11-for-18 performance from behind the arc. The game was part of the Las Vegas Invitational. After opening the season against Michigan State in the Carrier Classic in San Diego, the Tar Heels will travel west again to face South Carolina in the semifinal round on Friday. Tennessee State's players had an emotional moment before the game when the mother of redshirt freshman forward M.J. Rhett returned from serving in Iraq and surprised her son in the locker room. Stephanie Rhett is an Army National Guard sergeant who had been in Iraq since September and sat two rows behind the Tennessee State bench. Video of the reunion was played on the Smith Center boards at halftime, drawing a standing ovation from the home crowd.
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