CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The shots weren't falling for Elon. Making matters worse, fifth-ranked North Carolina kept grabbing the rebounds and racing upcourt for lead-expanding baskets.
The Phoenix's drought lasted more than 8 minutes Thursday night. By the time it was over, the Tar Heels had run off 23 straight points to blow the game open on the way to a 100-62 victory.
During that run, Elon missed 14 straight shots as the Tar Heels surged further and further ahead.
"It became a little frustrating after a little bit," said Lucas Troutman, who had 11 points and 10 rebounds. "We could start to see it. We were starting to get worried and struggle a little bit. ... We got a little bit of our confidence back (after halftime). Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to get back within range."
Elon missed 31 of 39 shots in the opening half (21 percent), including 13 of 15 3-point tries that might have helped it hang around a bit longer. Afterward, coach Matt Matheny said he had hoped his team "would have answered the bell a little bit better."
For North Carolina, Tyler Zeller had 19 points and 13 rebounds in the team's first game after an eight-day layoff for Christmas.
Harrison Barnes added 18 points for the Tar Heels (12-2), who led 53-19 by halftime then pushed the margin to as many as 50 points after the break.
North Carolina won its 25th straight game in the Smith Center to tie the record for its longest winning streak in the nearly 26-year-old campus arena. That home winning streak is tied for third-longest in program history.
Sebastian Koch scored 17 points for the Phoenix (7-5), who lost their third straight game and remained winless against ranked opponents since entering Division I competition a dozen years ago. Elon shot just 33 percent, including 7 for 28 from 3-point range.