Men's Basketball Roundup: Sunday, Dec. 17

Updated 12/17/2000
  • North Carolina 95, Buffalo 74

    Buffalo Falls to UNC at Chapel Hill, 95-74

    North Carolina's Brendan Haywood powers between Buffalo defenders Robert Brown and Clement Smith in the first half.
    (AP Photo/Grant Halverson)
    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) _ Joseph Forte had 23 points and Kris Lang matched his career high with 22 as No. 15 North Carolina shot 58 percent in beating Buffalo 95-74 Sunday.

    The Tar Heels (6-2) never trailed against Buffalo (1-4).

    The 6-foot-11 Lang also had 22 points earlier in the season at No. 2 Michigan State.

    Jason Capel added 16 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists for the second triple-double in North Carolina history. Brendan Haywood registered the first Dec. 4 against Miami.

    North Carolina led by 13 early in the second half. Then Lang scored on a layup, a follow shot in the lane and a dunk in a span of 55 seconds, boosting the lead to 19.

    Shortly thereafter, the lead reached 22 as Buffalo, playing its first road game of the season, had trouble holding onto the ball. The Bulls committed nine first-half turnovers, then lost the ball eight times in the opening eight minutes of the second half.

    Jason Robinson led the Bulls with a career-high 21 points, including 5-for-7 from 3-point range.

    Ronald Curry, North Carolina's starting quarterback, made his first start of the season and third of his career at point guard, a position that has been a trouble spot so far.

    Curry got the Tar Heels into their offense early, tossing the ball inside to big men Haywood and Lang, who were able to score over the smaller Bulls.

    He also had two 3-pointers a minute apart in the second half. He finished with nine points.

    Buffalo, playing its first game in 12 days, couldn't stay with the Tar Heels early, falling behind 22-10 after 7 1/2 minutes, going five minutes without scoring.

    The Bulls fell into a deeper hole when leading scorer Robert Brown picked up his third foul 4:11 before halftime as the Tar Heels took a 46-28 lead at the break.