CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — James Michael McAdoo scored 19 points to help No. 21 North Carolina hold off East Carolina 93-87 Saturday.
P.J. Hairston added 18 for the Tar Heels (8-2), who emerged from a weeklong break due to fall exams with their third straight victory. North Carolina shot 55 percent in the first half to build a 16-point lead at the break, but the Pirates — coached by former UNC guard Jeff Lebo — outplayed the Tar Heels through much of the second half and made it a tough run to the finish.
Akeem Richmond scored 17 points to lead East Carolina (6-2), an instate program making its first trip to Chapel Hill. The Pirates kept cutting into UNC’s lead and got as close as four points in the final minute, though they couldn’t overtake the Tar Heels on their home court.
The Pirates outscored the Tar Heels 61-51 after halftime.