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|Wednesday, 11 November 2009 20:46|
Deon Thompson scored 13 for the Tar Heels (2-0), who broke it open with 21 straight first-half points. North Carolina shot 69 percent in the opening half and 59 percent for the game, dominating the transitional Division I Eagles from nearby Durham in the first meeting between the schools.
The game marked the coaching debut for LeVelle Moton at Central, where he ranked third on the school's career scoring list. He inherits a team coming off a 4-27 season.
C.J. Wilkerson led the Eagles (0-1) with 16 points, though they shot just 26 percent.
North Carolina, which beat Florida International in Isiah Thomas' college coaching debut Monday night, will step out of the Classic to benefit Coaches vs. Cancer with a weekend home game against Valparaiso on Sunday, then travel to New York to face Ohio State in the event next week.
No. 13 California 95, Detroit 61
sive run, and California won for the 33rd time in its last 35 non-conference home games by beating Detroit in the 2K Sports Classic.
Jerome Randle had 16 of his 22 points in the first half, Patrick Christopher added 18 points and five rebounds, and Cal (2-0) shot 48.3 percent.
Chase Simon had 17 points for Detroit, which lost its 15th straight game to a ranked opponent since a win over Butler on Jan. 10, 2002. The Titans (0-1) faced a Pac-10 team for the first time since they were a No. 12 seed and upset fifth-seeded UCLA 56-53 in the first round of the 1999 NCAA tournament.
Randle made all 12 of his free throws as Cal shot 30 for 35 from the line. Christopher scored five straight points followed by Robertson's six in a row during an 11-0 run after Detroit got to 50-44.
It gets tougher from here for the Bears. They head East next week to face Syracuse at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night.