Marquette Falls to North Carolina 81-63

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NEWARK, N.J. -- Tyler Zeller had 27 points and 15 rebounds, and North Carolina left no doubt that it's back with a 81-63 dismantling of Marquette in the East Regional semifinals on Friday night.

John Henson added 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Harrison Barnes added 20 points and 6 rebounds as the second-seeded Tar Heels (29-7) moved to within a game of reaching the Final Four for the third time in four years with a dominate effort on both ends of the court.

This latest success comes a year after the Tar Heels failed to make the NCAA tournament.

The Tar Heels showed the whole package on Friday night at the Prudential Center, limiting No. 11 seed Marquette (22-15) to 15 first-half points while opening a 25-point lead.

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