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NEW ORLEANS (AP) Joel Berry II and Theo Pinson each scored 19 points as No. 5 North Carolina topped Ohio State, 86-72, on Saturday.
Pinson scored six points on flawless free throw shooting inside the final 1:06 of the game as the Tar Heels (11-2) kept the Buckeyes (10-4) at bay in the CBS Sports Classic.
Cameron Johnson - a graduate transfer from Pittsburgh whose recent debut was delayed by injuries - scored 13 points in just his second game for North Carolina, which had 13 3-pointers.
Keita Bates-Diop had 26 points - one point shy of his career high - for Ohio State. He shot 10 of 17 for the game and scored 19 points in the second half, including eight straight for Ohio State during a late 13-4 run that briefly pulled the Buckeyes within 78-69 with 1:10 to play.
North Carolina's Jalek Felton scored 12 points, joining Johnson in giving the Tar Heels two reserves with 12 or more points.
Felton scored all of his points on 3-point range, from where he went 4 of 5 and from where UNC went 13 of 25.
Luke Maye grabbed 10 rebounds for North Carolina in an all-around performance that included nine points, four assists, two steals and a block.
Ohio State has a week off before hosting in-state non-conference foe Miami of Ohio on Dec. 30.
North Carolina also is off until Dec. 30, when the Tar Heels open ACC play at home against Wake Forest.
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