No. 8 UNC cruises past Pitt

Donovan Mitchell, Deng Adel, Justin Jackson
North Carolina's Justin Jackson (44) drives between Louisville's Donovan Mitchell (45) and Deng Adel (22) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Justin Jackson scored 23 points, Joel Berry added 19 and No. 8 North Carolina continued its march to the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season title with an 85-67 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday.

The Tar Heels (25-5, 13-3) have won four straight following a loss to arch rival Duke two weeks ago. North Carolina can clinch its second straight ACC regular season crown and 31st overall with a win at No. 18 Virginia on Monday.

Jackson bookended a 10-0 run to end the first half with two deep, contested 3-pointers to give North Carolina all the breathing room it needed. The Tar Heels dominated the smaller Panthers (15-14, 4-12) in the paint, outrebounding Pitt 48-28.

Michael Young and fellow senior Jamel Artis finished with 17 points each in their final game at the Petersen Events Center.

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