Syracuse, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - North Carolina got its first taste of Jim Boeheim's athletic and lengthy 2-3 zone in ACC play.
A promising start soon turned extremely stressful for the erratic Tar Heels.
C.J. Fair had 20 points and eight rebounds as No. 2 Syracuse routed North Carolina, 57-45, on Saturday afternoon.
Jerami Grant added 12 points and 12 boards for the Orange (16-0, 3-0 ACC), who snatched 17 offensive rebounds.
James Michael McAdoo had 15 points and nine rebounds for North Carolina (10-6, 0-3), which has dropped three straight.
"They had so much more intensity than we did," Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams said.
UNC has quality wins over highly-ranked Michigan State, Kentucky and Louisville, but has dropped five tilts to unranked opponents.
McAdoo netted six quick points as UNC raced out to an 8-2 lead, but the vaunted Orange zone took control of the contest during the middle to late stages of the opening half.
A Fair turnover led to a McAdoo dunk in transition to give UNC a 15-11 edge, but Syracuse answered with a 21-3 run as the Tar Heels recorded just one field goal over an 11-plus minute stretch.
"We started pretty slow defensively. We let McAdoo get in the lane. Our centers made a nice adjustment, and our defense pretty much took over at that point," Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said.
Grant netted eight points during the surge, including a jumper to cap it and stake the Orange to a 32-18 cushion late in the half.
Syracuse took a 34-22 spread into the break.
UNC was 0-for-8 from beyond the arc over the first 20 minutes.
Fair's three-point play finished off an 8-0 spurt and opened up a 42-24 margin early in the second half.
The hosts cruised to the easy win from there.