CHAPEL HILL – North Carolina has opened a second straight season with back-to-back losses in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Tar Heels lost to Miami, 63-57, on Wednesday night at the Dean Smith Center.
James Michael McAdoo (12 points) was the only North Carolina player to score in double figures, and the Tar Heels were held to their lowest points total of the season.
Despite 20 offensive rebounds, North Carolina shot only 30.8 percent from the floor.
North Carolina (10-5, 0-2 ACC) came into the contest averaging 79 points per game.
Miami’s Ryan Brown led all scorers with 18 points, and the defending ACC Tournament champions won in Chapel Hill for the second consecutive season.
Miami (9-6, 1-2 ACC) has won four straight against North Carolina, which includes a pair of regular-season victories last year and in the ACC Tournament.
The Hurricanes led, 29-23, at halftime and went up by as many as 12 points in the final two minutes.
Point guard Marcus Paige, North Carolina’s leading scorer at 17.6 points per game, was held to only eight points.
If North Carolina loses at ACC newcomer and No. 2 Syracuse on Saturday, it will mark the program’s worst league start under coach Roy Williams.