WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Tyler Hansbrough had 21 points and ten rebounds to help the Tar Heels beat Eastern Kentucky 86-to-65 in the first round.
That gives coach Roy Williams an NCAA record 18 straight years with at least one tournament victory.
Reyshawn Terry added 18 points on 8-for-9 shooting for the Tar Heels, who advanced to face Michigan State in the second round of the East Regional on Saturday.
It was an emotional day for Williams, whose sister died Wednesday night.
North Carolina led by as many as 27 points in the first half, then watched the 16th-seeded Colonels claw to within four points early after the break. The Tar Heels then took control in the final ten minutes to close it out.
Darnell Dialls scored 17 points to lead Eastern Kentucky.
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