Tar Heels down FAU
Florida Atlantic visited the Smith Center on Sunday and fell to James Michael McAdoo and the Tar Heels, 80-56. McAdoo followed his Friday double-double against Gardner-Webb with a 19 point 11 rebound effort on Sunday.
Carolina improved from their opening game performance, knocking down some three pointers and dishing 23 assists on the night. After struggling from beyond the arch in their opener, Reggie Bullock went 3-4 from the three point line while Leslie McDonald and P.J. Hairston each went 1-2.
Meanwhile, freshman point guard Marcus Paige who had no assists on Friday led North Carolina with 6 on Sunday, while committing only 3 turnovers.
Bullock ended up with 16 points on the day while two freshmen chipped in with double figure scoring. Bryce Johnson had 12 and Joel James chipped in 11.
Carolina out rebounded the Owls of the Sun Belt Conference, by a margin of 56-36 and held them to 27.9% from the floor.
The Tar Heels led by 8 at halftime but outscored FAU by 16 points in the second half. They shot just over 43 percent from the field in the game.
Once again, North Carolina struggled from the free throw line going only 12-27. Coach Williams commented after the game, "We've been shooting free throws tremendously in practice, so I told them just to have the guts to step up there and make a shot and quit worrying."
Greg Gantt led FAU with 18 points.
The game was an opening game in the Maui Invitational. Carolina starts a 5 game stretch that includes a road game at Long Beach State before competing against Mississippi State in the Maui Invitational in Hawaii. They will see either Marquette or Butler after the Bulldogs and depending on their success, could see Texas, Southern Cal or Illinois later. Before returning to Chapel Hill, the Heels will travel to Bloomington, Indiana and face the top ranked Hoosiers in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. The Tar Heels will play next in the Smith Center on December 1 against UAB.
(photo of Reggie Bullock, who found his three point range)