12th ranked North Carolina defeated Oakland 84-61 to win their season opener at the Smith Center on Friday.
James Michael McAdoo poured in 21 points and grabbed 9 rebounds while Marcus Paige scored 14 on the night. With the absence of Leslie McDonald and P.J. Hairston, Coach Roy Williams was forced to make changes in his lineup. Paige primarily played on wing and responded with solid outside shooting, going 4 for 7 from three's.
J.P. Tokoto showed major signs of improvement, starting at forward in the game. Tokoto scored 13 and looked comfortable in the offense.
It was the first look at freshmen Kennedy Meeks, Nate Britt and Isaiah Hicks in game action and the trio each earned double digit minutes. Britt started at point guard scoring 4 points while dishing 3 assists. Kennedy Meeks scored 10 points with 5 rebounds while Hicks had 2 assists off the bench.
Joel James got the start for North Carolina at forward and responded with 8 rebounds helping the Tar Heels to a 41-22 rebounding advantage in the game.
North Carolina shot 60 percent from the field and accrued 25 assists as a team.
The Tar Heels jumped out to a 58-21 halftime lead and played numerous players in the second half en route to the victory.
Carolina will next be in action from Chapel Hill on Friday, when they face Holy Cross in the Hall of Fame tip off. Game time is 8 p.m. from the Smith Center.
The status of Hairston and McDonald remains in question, both sitting due to eligibility concerns, with their return unknown.