CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Sean May helped keep North Carolina unbeaten at home with another big game.
May scored 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as sixth-ranked North Carolina rolled to an 87-67 victory over Miami in an Atlantic Coast Conference contest.
May shot 4-of-6 from the field and 9-of-13 from the line to lead the Tar Heels to their 10th victory at the Smith Center this season and 12th straight dating back to last year. In his last four games here, the 6-9 senior has averaged 16.8 points and 10.3 rebounds, recording consecutive double-doubles.
"It's a whole lot different inside now than a couple of years ago," May said about the play inside the paint. "I am getting double-teamed a lot more this year, but tonight they really didn't double-team me and I was able to attack and get to the free-throw line a lot."
After Guillermo Diaz's jumper cut Miami's deficit to 29-25 with 4:35 left in the first half, North Carolina (16-2, 5-1 ACC) went on an 18-2 run bridging the halves for a 47-26 advantage with 18:31 remaining. May capped the burst with five straight points.
"I think the last four minutes of the first half was the difference in the game," Miami coach Frank Haith said. "It's a four-point game with 3:45 left and I didn't realize the number, but I think they went on like an 18-1 run. We turned the ball over a couple times. We put them on the free-throw line quite a bit and they were very effective. We were not as aggressive in our attack offensively, and that hurt us."
Despite being the top-scoring team in the nation at 92 points per game, the Tar Heels have been nearly as outstanding on defense lately, holding the Hurricanes to 36 percent (24-of-67) shooting. Over its last 14 games, North Carolina has not allowed its opponent to shoot over 44 percent.
"Defensively, I think we did some nice things," North Carolina coach Roy Williams said. "Diaz made some shots. I guess he had 24 in the second half. But we did a nice job on him in the first half and he made a couple of tough shots in the second half."
Jawad Williams and Jackie Manuel scored 14 points apiece and Rashad McCants added all 12 of his in the second half for the Tar Heels, who improved to 8-1 all-time against the Hurricanes - including 5-0 here.
"Intimidating? We've played a lot of different places that I think are tough," Haith said. "The history here, there's a lot of mystique here. They had a great crowd, an enthusiastic crowd. I would hope that this late in the season we wouldn't let that affect us."
Diaz scored a career-high 30 points on 11-of-19 shooting for the Hurricanes (12-5, 3-3), who fell to 1-2 on the road in their first season in the ACC, losing both games by a combined 31 points.
"Me personally, I don't want you to get above 10," Manuel said. "(Diaz) shot the ball well, so you can't take anything away from him. He did a great job."
Anthony Harris and Robert Hite both struggled from the field for Miami, combining for just 14 points on 4-of-26 shooting. The two guards, who entered the game averaging 30.8 points, along with Diaz form one of the best guard trios in the nation.
Starting forwards William Frisby and Anthony King also were held below their season totals due to fouls. Frisby fouled out with six points - three below his average - and King was held under six rebounds for just the third time in his last 15 games.
"It was one of the keys that we put on the board before the game started," Williams said about attempting to get Miami's big men in foul trouble. "I think it was important for us to get them in foul trouble because they're such a good rebounding team. They were No. 1 in the conference in offensive rebounds and when those big guys are on the bench, it's a lot harder for them to get offensive rebounds."
Raymond Felton scored 10 points for the Tar Heels, moving within 18 of becoming the 56th player in school history with 1,000.
Felton, who has 571 assists, will become just the fifth UNC player with 1,000 points and 500 assists. Ed Cota was the last player to accomplish the feat, doing it in 2000.