SAN DIEGO (11/11/11) – The NCAA Basketball season tipped off in a way that’s never been seen before as North Carolina defeated Michigan State 67-55 in the Carrier Classic on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson.
A crowd of more than 8,000 spectators – including President Obama and honorary captains Magic Johnson and James Worthy – looked on as the #1 Tar Heels shot 47% en route to a season-opening victory. North Carolina was paced by Harrison Barnes’ 17 points, while the Spartans got 13 from Draymond Green.
Kevin Kugler and Bill Frieder called the action on Dial Global Sports.
(Draymond Green gives the Spartans a 3-point lead early, 11-8)
(Dexter Strickland and John Henson go back-to-back to put UNC ahead 21-19)
(Harrison Barnes hits a 3 to make it 43-27 Tar Heels)
(Draymond Green gets the Spartans back within 10 in the second half)
(Barnes answers with a 3 to slow Michigan State’s run and give UNC a 62-49 lead)
(Tom Izzo and Roy Williams speak with Dial Global courtside reporter Jim Gray after the game)
(Postgame recap from Dial Global’s Kevin Kugler, Bill Frieder and Jim Gray)
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