CHAPEL HILL — Joel Berry II scored 18 points to help sixth-ranked North Carolina beat Chattanooga 97-57 on Sunday.
Kennedy Meeks added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Tar Heels (2-0), who have won 15 straight home openers. UNC shot 56 percent through the first 24 minutes in building a lopsided lead, pushing ahead for good with a 21-5 run late in the first half for a 44-33 lead at the break.
The Tar Heels then scored nine straight out of the break to blow it open.
Greg Pryor scored 17 points for the Mocs (1-1), who won Friday at Tennessee. But after a quick start, the preseason Southern Conference favorite just couldn't keep up with the Tar Heels.
Chattanooga made 5 of 9 3-pointers in the first 10 minutes, but went 2-for-18 from behind the arc from there and shot 35 percent for the game.
Chattanooga: It was a little too much to ask for Chattanooga to win both the Tennessee and UNC games to start the season, but earning the split against power-conference teams is a good start for a team that won 29 games last season and played in the NCAA Tournament.
UNC: The Tar Heels had a lot of a balance in this one, and that's a promising sign for a team that must replace four-year starter Marcus Paige and Associated Press All-American Brice Johnson from a national runner-up. UNC ended up with six in double figures.
Chattanooga: The Mocs will try to improve to 7-0 against Hiwassee in their home opener Wednesday.
UNC: The Tar Heels host Long Beach State on Tuesday night before heading west for a game at Hawaii followed by the Maui Invitational during Thanksgiving week.