No. 19 North Carolina 84, North Carolina-Wilmington 51: James Michael McAdoo finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds as the host Tar Heels closed out their nonconference schedule with a convincing victory over the Seahawks.
Marcus Paige scored 15 points while Leslie McDonald and Brice Johnson added 14 apiece for North Carolina (10-3), which joined Kentucky and Kansas as the only programs to reach 2,100 wins. The Tar Heels, who have won three straight by double figures since a home loss to Texas, will begin ACC play at Wake Forest on Sunday.
Cedrick Williams led the way with 18 points and nine boards for UNC-Wilmington (6-9), which has lost four straight. The Seahawks shot 31.1 percent from the field and 17.6 percent beyond the arc - the fifth time they have shot at least that poorly from the 3-point line this season.
North Carolina led wire-to-wire and established an 18-9 advantage with about 7 ½ minutes left in the first half behind six straight points from McAdoo and McDonald after UNC-Wilmington had pulled within three. Brice Johnson's three-point play with 1:40 to go before the break increased the bulge to 15 before the Seahawks scored seven straight to close the half.
The Tar Heels came out of the break with a 16-4 burst to stretch the margin to 47-27 on a jumper by Paige and began to pull away following back-to-back high-flying dunks from J.P. Tokoto and McAdoo. Johnson scored seven consecutive points late as the lead swelled to as much as 33 on three occasions.
GAME NOTEBOOK: North Carolina shot 62.9 percent from the field in the second half. … UNC-Wilmington coach Buzz Peterson fell to 0-5 all-time against his alma mater. … The Tar Heels improved to 3-0 all-time against the Seahawks and have won those contests by an average of 23 points.