CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - J.P. Tokoto scored a career-high 13 points in his first start, helping No. 12 North Carolina beat Oakland 84-61 Friday night despite missing two key players.
James Michael McAdoo had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Tar Heels (1-0), who played without leading scorer P.J. Hairston and senior guard Leslie McDonald due to NCAA eligibility issues. Marcus Paige added 14 points and hit four 3-pointers, leading a dominating first-half performance that had UNC in control all night.
The Tar Heels ran off a 17-2 run to take a 19-point lead less than 9 minutes in, then nearly doubled that margin to 37 by halftime by shooting 74 percent (23 for 31) in their opening blitz.
Travis Bader scored 18 for the Golden Grizzlies (0-1), who couldn't match the Tar Heels' early energy and shot just 21 percent (6-for-29) in the opening half as UNC blew the game open.