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Johnson scores 19 as No. 12 North Carolina beats East Carolina 108-64

  • North Carolina coach Roy Williams looks at an official following a foul against North Carolina during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against East Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. North Carolina won 108-64. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    North Carolina coach Roy Williams looks at an official following a foul against North Carolina during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against East Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. North Carolina won 108-64. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)  (The Associated Press)

  • North Carolina's Brice Johnson (11) grabs a rebound against East Carolina's Caleb White (2) and Terry Whisnant, rear, as North Carolina's Justin Jackson reaches at left during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. North Carolina won 108-64. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    North Carolina's Brice Johnson (11) grabs a rebound against East Carolina's Caleb White (2) and Terry Whisnant, rear, as North Carolina's Justin Jackson reaches at left during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. North Carolina won 108-64. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)  (The Associated Press)

  • North Carolina's Nate Britt (0) guards East Carolina's Terry Whisnant during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. North Carolina won 108-64. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    North Carolina's Nate Britt (0) guards East Carolina's Terry Whisnant during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. North Carolina won 108-64. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)  (The Associated Press)

Brice Johnson had 19 points and a career-high 17 rebounds to help No. 12 North Carolina beat East Carolina 108-64 on Sunday.

J.P. Tokoto also scored 19 points for the Tar Heels (6-2), who shot a season-best 60 percent from the floor. Kennedy Meeks added 12 points and Nate Britt finished with 10.

Terry Whisnant scored 15 points for East Carolina (4-5), which shot 33 percent from the field. B.J. Tyson had 13 points.

East Carolina led 10-9 before Isaiah Hicks scored seven points on three consecutive possessions for the Tar Heels.

Hicks dunked twice off passes from Tokoto and then converted a three-point play to give North Carolina a 16-10 lead.

The Pirates closed to 19-16 with 10:54 left, but never got any closer.