North Carolina defeated Holy Cross 62-54 in college basketball on Friday. For much of the game, the Crusaders looked a step quicker than North Carolina but the Heels finally gained control for the win.

Marcus Paige led North Carolina in scoring with 23 points. James Michael McAdoo added 11 while Brice Johnson came off the bench for 12. 

However, an undersized Holy Cross team out rebounded the Tar Heels by a 41-39 margin. Freshman Kennedy Meeks, led the team with 8 boards.

The Heels had an off shooting night with P.J. Hairston and Leslie McDonald still unable to play due to potential NCAA eligibility issues. North Carolina shot just under 38 percent from the floor.

However, Carolina only turned the ball over 9 times in the game while forcing 16 Holy Cross turnovers. 

The game was tied 25-25 at halftime before North Carolina finally put the Crusaders away in the second half. It was a 12-0 run midway through the second half that fueled the victory.

Malachi Alexander led Holy Cross with 13 points.

UNC moves to 2-0 on the young season and will face Belmont on  Sunday in the second game of the Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament.