By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The #4 North Carolina Tar Heels defeated the Wisconsin Badgers 71-56 at the Lahaina Civic Center in Hawai’i.
The Tar Heels never trailed for a single second in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational tournament. It is also the fourth-time that North Carolina has won this tournament — including the third-time under head coach Roy Williams.
This is North Carolina’s first championship in this tournament since 2008. This win breaks a tie with the Syracuse Orange — who are now third with three wins.
The Duke Blue Devils — the arch-rival of the Tar Heels — leads with five titles. They haven’t won this event since Nov. 2011.
Joel Berry II — who was named the MVP of the tournament — had 22 points. Kennedy Meeks added 15, while Isaiah Hicks contributed 14.Fellow starters Justin Jackson and Kenny Williams combined for 14 points.
North Carolina had eight bench points. Tony Bradley had six of those points, while Shea Rush had two points.
Vitto Brown led the Badgers with 15 points, while Ethan Happ had 13 points. Nigel Hayes, Zak Showalter and Bronson Koenig combined for 15 points.
Wisconsin had 13 bench points. D’Mitrik Trice led these players with eight points.
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