Long Beach, CA, United States (4E Sports) – James McAdoo scored 18 points to lead North Carolina to a 78-63 victory over Long Beach State Friday in front of a record 6,912 spectators at the Walter Pyramid.
The Tar Heels’ third win in as many games snapped a 23-game winning run by the 49ers at the Walter Pyramid, which was previously tied for second longest in the country with Kansas and behind Kentucky.
Freshman guard Marcus Paige added 15 points and six dimes, P.J. Hairston had 14 points off the bench and Brice Johnson finished with 10 points and seven rebounds for the Tar Heels (3-0).
Senior James Ennis led the 49ers (1-2) with 18 points, while sophomore Mike Caffey added 14 and junior Dan Jennings was one-point shy of a double-double, scoring nine points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Both teams struggled from the field with North Carolina shooting 40 percent (30-for-75) while Long Beach State fared worse with 36.2 percent (25-for-69).
The Tar Heels ruled the boards with 47 compared to 36 by the 49ers and had more assists, 17-10.
North Carolina raced to a 9-4 lead but a Dan Jennings putback dunk tied the game at nine that got the crowd involved.
A free throw by Kyle Richardson with 11:35 to play gave Long Beach its first lead, 16-15, and a three-pointer from Mike Caffey pushed the 49ers to a 22-19 lead.
Another three from Peter Pappageorge put Long Beach on top 29-25 with five minutes to play before Caffey buried a jumper to give the 49ers their largest lead at six.
However, the Tar Heels relied on 15 first-half offensive rebounds to take a 33-32 advantage at the break.
North Carolina padded its lead to 37-32 in the second half but the 49ers countered with a 9-2 run that gave them a 41-39 lead on a jumper from Jennings.
The Tar Heels then buried five three-pointers in a 20-4 run to storm ahead by 59-45 with 11:55 to play.
A three-point play by Ennis cut North Carolina’s lead to 10, 68-58, with 5:40 left in the game, but the 49ers would come no closer in the loss.
Friday night’s attendance broke the old record for the Walter Pyramid of 5,649, set last season against Cal State Fullerton.