Tar Heels begin tournament with blowout over Oakland
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Marvin Williams scored 20 points and grabbed
eight rebounds, as North Carolina rolled to a 96-68 victory over Oakland in
the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Charlotte Coliseum.
Sean May chipped in 19 points and eight boards for the Tar Heels (28-4), who
have won nine of their last 10 games. North Carolina, the top seed in the
Syracuse bracket, will face ninth-seeded Iowa State in the second round on
The Tar Heels, who are in search of their fourth national championship, also
received 16 points from Rashad McCants and 10 from Jackie Manuel.
Cortney Scott paced the 16th-seeded Golden Grizzlies with 21 points. Rawle
Marshall netted 16 points and Brandon Cassise added 14 for Oakland (13-19),
which was making its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Golden
Grizzlies earned the right to play Friday by virtue of their opening-round win
against Alabama A&M on Tuesday.
North Carolina led the entire way, scoring 10 of the first 11 points of the
game. May’s three-point play with 17:15 left in the opening half gave the Tar
Heels a nine-point advantage.
UNC increased the lead to 18-5 on a layup by Manuel, but Oakland responded
with an 8-2 run, ignited by Cassise’s three-pointer, to cut the deficit to
20-13 with 13:35 remaining in the stanza.
The Tar Heels then regrouped and used a 24-7 burst to take control. Williams
had 10 points and Jawad Williams added seven during the surge that staked
North Carolina to a 44-20 advantage with 6:50 left in the half.
UNC stretched the margin to 28 in the final minute of the first half
and carried a 59-33 edge into the locker room.
North Carolina shot a sizzling 73 percent in the opening 20 minutes, going 22-
of-30 from the floor, including 8-of-11 from beyond the arc. May led the way
with 14 points, while Marvin Williams chipped in 12.
The Golden Grizzlies did not threaten in the second half and fell behind by as
many as 37. May’s layup with 12 minutes left made it 79-42 in favor of the Tar