CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — James Michael McAdoo set career highs with 26 points and 14 rebounds to help No. 11 North Carolina beat Gardner-Webb 76-59 on Friday night.
McAdoo shot 10 of 20 from the field in the first game of the season for both teams. Dexter Strickland added 13 points for the Tar Heels, who improved to 91-12 in openers.
North Carolina overcame 18 turnovers, 1-of-12 shooting from 3-point range and a 9-of-19 mark at the free throw line to win for the 80th time in its last 82 home openers.
Donta Harper and Max Landis scored 13 points each to lead Gardner-Webb, which dropped to 0-16 against ACC competition. Mike Byron added 10 for the Bulldogs.
North Carolina took its biggest lead at 57-39 midway through the second half. The Bulldogs cut the deficit to 63-54 on a 3-pointer by Isaiah Ivey with 4:55 remaining before the Tar Heels answered with an 8-0 run.