BLACKSBURG, Virginia (Ticker) -- Virginia Tech's first basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference was definitely one to forget.
Sean May and Jawad Williams scored 17 points apiece to lead No. 6 North Carolina to an 85-51 rout of Virginia Tech.
One of two Big East teams that switched leagues to help bolster the ACC as a football power, the Hokies have a long way to go to match the school's success on the gridiron. Led by athletic quarterback Bryan Randall, the Virginia Tech football team went 10-2 en route to the ACC title and a BCS bowl berth.
Hoops is a much different story, especially against perennial power North Carolina. The Tar Heels shot 63 percent (31-of-49) from the field en route to winning their fifth league opener in the last six seasons.
"They're everything that everyone said they would be," Hokies guard Jamon Gordon said about the Tar Heels. "They've got good guards and they have good inside people. They're going to be hard for anyone to beat."
A dominant force inside, May made 6-of-8 shots and grabbed eight rebounds. He picked up the slack for Rashad McCants, who entered the game third in the ACC at 19.8 points per game but managed three on 1-of-4 shooting.
With the Tar Heels (8-1, 1-0 ACC) clinging to a one-point lead with about five minutes before halftime, May had a dunk, igniting a 15-4 run to close the half. McCants' only basket was a 3-pointer with six seconds left for a 41-27 lead at the break.
Raymond Felton added a layup and 3-pointer in the early minutes of the second half to push the advantage to 49-30. The junior guard, who became the ninth player in school history to eclipse 500 assists in his last game, made 3-of-3 3-pointers and scored 15 points.
But it was North Carolina's play inside that rudely greeted Virginia Tech into the ACC. The Tar Heels recorded 48 points in the paint against 26 for the Hokies. They also held a 34-24 rebounding edge and blocked nine shots.
"We don't have physical frontcourt players," Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg said. "That's just the way it is. May and (Jawad) Williams were physical with us and we're just not there yet. We couldn't compete."
Zabian Dowdell scored 16 of his 21 points in the first half for the Hokies (5-3, 0-1).
Carlos Dixon and Jamon Gordon chipped in nine points apiece for Virginia Tech, which shot 36 percent (21-of-58) and committed 20 turnovers en route to its worst loss of the season and fifth defeat in six games against a ranked opponent in two years under Greenberg.
"We've got a lot of work ahead of us," Greenberg said. "It's not like this is a shock. It is what it is. I didn't think it would be easy. We've got to continue to work hard and get more mature and get bigger and stronger. We've got to recruit players who can help us compete in this conference and then teach them how to compete."