CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Tyler Zeller had 21 points and a career-best 17 rebounds as No. 7 North Carolina beat N.C. State 74-55 Thursday night
Reggie Bullock added 11 points in his first career start for the Tar Heels (17-3, 4-1 ACC), who have beaten their longtime rival 11 straight times.
While N.C. State (15-6, 4-2) was off to its best start in the conference in six years under new coach Mark Gottfried, the Tar Heels made this game look like almost every other in the five years since the Wolfpack last beat them.
North Carolina shot 48 percent and led by 31 in the second half.
Scott Wood scored 11 to lead the Wolfpack, which had its worst scoring total of the season and shot 37 percent.
Asked about being winless against UNC, Wood paused four seconds and responded curtly: "I don't know. Has your wife ever cheated on you? That's probably about how frustrating it is."
It was North Carolina's first game since losing starting guard Dexter Strickland, its best perimeter defender, to a season-ending knee injury last week. Bullock started for him and hit 4 of 9 shots, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range, and finished with five rebounds and three assists.
"I had to pick up my intensity of play, defend, rebound," Bullock said. "It's just basically how I play coming off the bench. I just had to start off like that for 40 minutes of the game."
Harrison Barnes added 15 points for the Tar Heels, and Zeller and former Sickles High standout John Henson played strong inside defense.
No. 25 Wis. 57, No. 16 IU 50: Ben Brust scored 13 and Jared Berggren had a career-high five blocks for the Badgers (17-5, 6-3 Big Ten), who defeated the Hoosiers (16-5, 4-5) for the ninth straight time. Indiana has lost four of five.
No. 19 Virginia 66, BC 49: Mike Scott scored 18 and the host Cavaliers (16-3, 3-2 ACC) went on a 22-3 run in the second half.
No. 1 Baylor 89, Okla. 58: Brittney Griner had 18 points and seven blocks and the visiting Bears (20-0, 7-0 Big 12) ran away in the second half. Leading by 32, Griner asked coach Kim Mulkey to let her shoot a 3. Mulkey called timeout with 3:14 left and put her front-liners in, and Griner hit her first 3 of the season.
No. 6 Kentucky 66, Auburn 48: A'dia Mathies scored 20 and the visiting Wildcats (19-2, 8-0 SEC) forced 30 turnovers to move within two wins of matching the school's best start, in 1982-83.
No. 7 Tennessee 86, 'bama 56: Shekinna Stricklen scored 14 for the visiting Vols (15-5, 6-1 SEC).
Va. Tech 75, no. 8 Md. 69: Monet Tellier tied a career high with 31 points and led a late charge for the visiting Hokies (7-14, 3-5 ACC). The Terrapins (18-3, 5-3) were without leading scorer Alyssa Thomas (sprained left thumb suffered in practice).
No. 9 Ohio St. 73, Indiana 55: Tayler Hill, the Big Ten's leading scorer, hit all 18 of her points in the second half for the visiting Buckeyes (20-1, 7-1 Big Ten).
No. 10 Miami 64, Wake 39: Stefanie Yderstrom and Riquna Williams scored 14 each as the Hurricanes (18-3, 7-1 ACC) cruised to a 36th consecutive home win.
No. 12 Wis.-Green Bay 60, Butler 36: Julie Wojta scored 13 of her 15 in the first half for the visiting Phoenix (18-0, 7-0 Horizon).
No. 13 Purdue 80, N'western 70: Courtney Moses scored a career-high 29 and KK Houser added 21 for the visiting Boilermakers (18-3, 8-0 Big Ten).
No. 15 del. 84, hofstra 66: Elena Delle Donne had 41 points and 15 rebounds as the host Blue Hens (17-1, 8-0 Colonial) won a matchup of the top two teams in the conference.
Vandy 68, No. 17 Georgia 48: Christina Foggie scored a career-high 34, hitting seven 3-pointers, as the host Commodores beat the foul-plagued Bulldogs (16-5, 5-3 SEC).
No. 18 Penn St. 77, Mich. 56: Maggie Lucas had 23 points and eight rebounds as the visiting Lions (16-4, 6-2 Big Ten) won their fifth straight.
No. 19 Nebraska 60, Iowa 53: Jordan Hooper recorded her Big Ten-leading ninth double double with 22 points and 15 rebounds, and the host Cornhuskers (17-3, 6-2) held off a late rally.
No. 22 Gonzaga 79, Loyola Marymount 61: Reserve Stephanie Golden scored a career high 15 for the Bulldogs (18-3, 7-1 West Coast Conference).
Bowling green: Coach Curt Miller will miss at least Saturday's game at Central Michigan after doctors determined he suffered a mild stroke late in a game Sunday. Associate head coach Jennifer Roos will fill in.