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Tar Heels take down Norse

Chapel Hill, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - James Michael McAdoo poured in 14 points to lead the No. 19 North Carolina Tar Heels to a 75-60 win over the Northern Kentucky Norse.

Leslie McDonald and Marcus Paige netted 11 points apiece while the latter added nine rebounds for North Carolina (9-3), which has won five of its last six.

Tyler White scored 13 and Jalen Billups added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Norse (4-8), who will face Florida Gulf Coast on Monday. Jordan Jackson and Jack Flournoy contributed 10 points apiece.

North Carolina began the first 6:39 of the contest with a 14-2 run. The teams traded baskets until Northern Kentucky went on a 9-2 burst with 7:10 left in the half to pull within five at 28-23.

That spurt by Northern Kentucky was a piece of a larger surge. The Norse trailed, 24-10, with 9:27 left in the half and went on a 20-11 run, which brought the score to 35-30 before the teams headed to the locker room.

In the first 5:13 of the second half, the Tar Heels went on an 8-1 run to put them ahead 43-31. They began a 12-3 run just 1:44 later to put them up 16, 56-40, with 9:24 to play.

The Tar Heels held at least a 12-point advantage the rest of the way.

Game Notes

The Norse have lost their last three contests against ranked opponents ... North Carolina went 6-for-14 from behind the arc, while the Norse shot 5- for-23 ...J.P. Tokoto and Brice Johnson added nine points apiece for North Carolina.

12/27 21:40:15 ET