updated 11:05 p.m.
CHARLOTTE -- North Carolina coach Roy Williams said he was concerned about his team’s lack of NCAA experience.
So perhaps it was fitting that with the second-round game on the line Friday night, the Tar Heels got the most out of the player that had played in the postseason the most.
Junior forward Tyler Zeller – who logged a total of 32 minutes during UNC’s six-game national title run in 2009 – scored 25 of his career-high 32 points in the second half of the second-seeded Tar Heels’ 102-87 victory over No. 15 seed Long Island University.
Tar Heels sophomore John Henson added a career high 28 points (including 20 in the first half) at Time Warner Cable Arena, and freshman Harrison Barnes chipped in 24 points and a career-high 16 rebounds.
But it was Zeller’s poise (and points) that secured the game down the stretch; as a result, Carolina (27-7) will either face either seventh-seeded Washington or No. 10 seed Georgia in at 12:15 p.m. on Sunday for the right to advance to the Sweet 16.