Vermont was able to keep pace with North Carolina for the first 14 minutes of the game before the Tar Heels began to pull away with a 20-10 run over the last 6:27 of the half. Vermont had a chance at the buzzer to cut the deficit to nine but the three-point attempt went in and out. Vermont struggled from behind the arc, only hitting one of eight attempts. Despite the rebounding battle being fairly close, North Carolina had a 15-2 free throw attempt advantage. The Tar Heels outscored the Catamounts 11-2 from the charity stripe in the first half.
One of the highlights of the first half was this thunderous putback slam by UNC's James Michael McAdoo.