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Tokoto leads No. 19 North Carolina past Tribe, 86-64

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — J.P. Tokoto matched a season high with 19 points and added 10 rebounds, and No. 19 North Carolina beat William & Mary 86-64 on Tuesday night.

Marcus Paige scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half and Nate Britt had 11 with two key 3-pointers down the stretch for the Tar Heels (10-3).

They never trailed and led by 25 but overcame a late rally by the Tribe (6-5) and a technical foul on coach Roy Williams to earn their fourth straight win.

Daniel Dixon scored a career-high 20 points and Marcus Thornton added 17 for William & Mary.

The Tribe closed within single digits only once in the second half, with Dixon’s 3-pointer from the corner made it 68-59 with 6 minutes left.

Paige followed with a three-point play, then hit two free throws on the next trip downcourt to push the lead to 14.

Britt then hit 3s on consecutive possessions about a minute later to make it 79-60, and the Tar Heels continued to pull away for their eighth straight win in the series.

North Carolina — which entered 9-0 when scoring more than 70 and 0-3 when scoring 70 or fewer — became the first team this season to reach that mark against the Tribe.

Tokoto was coming off a three-point effort three nights earlier against UAB and reached double figures for the first time since scoring 19 on Dec. 7 against East Carolina.

It sure looked like he had the Tar Heels on track for an easy win, with his putback with 2

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