MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina (Ticker) -- Raymond Felton has a collegiate memory to go with his high school heroics at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.
Felton finished with 13 points and six assists as No. 9 North Carolina posted a 71-54 victory over North Carolina-Wilmington.
The game was scheduled as a homecoming for Felton, a native of Latta, South Carolina, and was part of a five-game slate at the Convention Center before the annual Beach Ball Classic high school tournament.
The sophomore point guard burst upon the national scene when he scored 33 points to lead Latta High School to a shocking victory over prep powerhouse DeMatha in the Beach Ball Classic in 2000.
"It means a lot to me because this is where it all started," Felton told the Myrtle Beach Sun before the game. "Coming down to the Beach Ball and beating DeMatha in my junior year, that was a big boost for me and my career. That's one game I'll never forget."
North Carolina (7-1) gave Felton some more good memories by pulling away in front of a partisan capacity crowd after building a sluggish 23-18 lead at halftime. Rashad McCants' 3-pointer capped a 13-2 tear that gave the Tar Heels a 53-30 cushion with just over eight minutes to go.
Tar Heels center Sean May turned his left ankle early in the first half. May attempted to return to the contest before being forced to the sideline.
North Carolina-Wilmington (4-4) fell to 1-23 all-time against Atlantic Coast Conference opponents. It was the Seahawks' first game against an ACC team since last season's 75-73 loss to Maryland in the NCAA Tournament.
Melvin Scott made four 3-pointers and scored 18 points to lead North Carolina, which was playing for the first time since its triple overtime setback to Wake Forest in coach Roy Williams' Atlantic Coast Conference opener. McCants added 14 points as the Tar Heels carried Felton, who struggled at times.
Felton's best moment came near the end when he lobbed a pass to Jawad Williams for an alley-oop dunk with two minutes to go for a 65-47 cushion that brought the crowd to its feet. The spectators included the high school teams competing later in the day.
The Seahawks committed 16 turnovers and lost for the third time in four games. Anthony Terrell scored 15 points to lead NC Wilmington.