|Carolina dominates Michigan State from the start|
|Written by Admin|
|Monday, 06 April 2009 18:29|
The second half couldn't have been as spectacular as the first for the Tar Heels, and it wasn't.
No matter, it was good enough for an 89-72 victory over Michigan State, capping a season during which North Carolina went from the first-ever unanimous preseason No. 1 to its fifth national title.
The Spartans had seen North Carolina play this well before - a 98-63 romp on the same court at Ford Field in December. They couldn't have imagined a start like this.
The Tar Heels hit six of their first seven shots, forced three turnovers and took a 17-7 lead less than 5 minutes into the game
two baskets, not an easy feat against the best rebounding team in the country. The lead was 22-7 and there were still nearly 14 minutes left in the first half.
Michigan State couldn't do anything right and North Carolina kept rolling in a record-breaking first half.
The score was 55-34 - the most points a team had ever scored in the first half of a championship game. It was also the biggest lead after 20 minutes.
The Tar Heels shot 52.9 percent (18-for-34) from the field and were just one rebound behind the Spartans' 17. Michigan State committed 14 turnovers in the half, just over the 13.8 they averaged per game this season.