Harrison Barnes added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Tar Heels (21-4, 8-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who regrouped from Wednesday night’s stunning loss to rival Duke on a last-second 3-pointer. North Carolina blew the game open with a 22-5 run that started early in the second half, with Zeller scoring seven points during the spurt that pushed the Tar Heels to a 15-point lead with about 6½ minutes left.
The Cavaliers (19-5, 6-4) got no closer than 11 points again, with the Tar Heels avoiding any kind of repeat of blowing a double-digit lead in the final 2½ minutes against the Blue Devils.
Mike Scott scored 18 points to lead the Cavaliers, who shot 36 percent. Jontel Evans added 12.
NO. 10 DUKE 73, MARYLAND 55
In Durham, N.C., Miles Plumlee had 13 points and a career-high 22 rebounds, and Duke pulled away to beat Maryland.
Seth Curry scored 19 points and Mason Plumlee added 16 points and 10 rebounds while big brother Miles became the first Duke player with 20 rebounds since Elton Brand in 1998.
The Blue Devils (21-4, 8-2) followed up their last-second victory over rival North Carolina with their fifth consecutive win in the series.
Nick Faust scored 15 points but Terrell Stoglin, the ACC’s leading scorer, finished with 13 – nine below his average – on 4 of 16 shooting for the Terps (14-10, 4-6).
NO. 15 FLORIDA STATE 64, MIAMI 59
In Tallahassee, Fla., Bernard James scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half and Florida State snapped Miami’s five-game winning streak.
Michael Snaer had 12 points and Ian Miller finished with 11 for Florida State (17-7, 8-2), which bounced back from a disappointing 64-60 loss at Boston College on Wednesday.
Kenny Kadji led Miami (15-8, 6-4) with 14 points and Durand Scott added 12.
CLEMSON 78, WAKE FOREST 58
In Winston-Salem, N.C., Tanner Smith had 20 points and five assists to help Clemson pull away for a victory over Wake Forest
Smith hit 8 of 9 from the field, including 3 of 4 from beyond the arc, and the Tigers (12-12, 4-6) snapped a three-game skid.
Clemson, which shot 58.2 percent from the field for the game, used a 20-3 run over the first and second halves to end a challenge from the Demon Deacons (11-14, 2-9).