Hansbrough stars as Tar Heels sting Yellow Jackets
Chapel Hill, NC (Sports Network) – Tyler Hansbrough poured in 40 points and
added 10 rebounds to lead the 23rd-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels to a 82-75
victory over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at the Smith Center.
Reyshawn Terry added 13 points and David Noel contributed 11 points and six
assists in the win for the Tar Heels (16-6, 7-4 ACC), who have won two
straight and five of their last six games.
Anthony Morrow had 22 points and Zam Fredrick added 15 points in the loss for
the Yellow Jackets (10-13, 3-9), who have lost nine of their last 10 contests.
North Carolina was trailing 55-42 going into the second half, but the squad
started out the second half with a 19-6 burst which included seven straight
points by Hansbrough. Terry tied the game up at 61 apiece after he nailed a
three-pointer with 12:55 to play.
The Yellow Jackets took the lead back on a layup by Jeremis Smith to make it a
68-67 game with 7:35 remaining. But, the Tar Heels got three straight baskets
and had a 73-68 advantage when Noel drained a bucket with 5:15 to play.
Ra’Sean Dickey hit two free throws to get Georgia Tech back to within three
points on its next possession. But, North Carolina responded with a free throw
and a basket to hold a 76-70 lead with 4:12 to play.
After Dickey hit another free throw Wes Miller nailed a three-pointer to give
the Tar Heels a 79-71 lead with 2:41 left.
The Yellow Jackets got a basket from Frederick on their next possession, but
were only able to manage one more basket for the remainder of the game and the
Tar Heels gave the home crowd a victory.
The game was tight early with the squads exchanging leads several times.
The Tar Heels had a 16-15 lead after Byron Sanders connected on a free throw
with 14:14 to play in the first half, but Lewis Clinch drained a three-pointer
to spark a 14-2 run. The Yellow Jackets completed the run with a D’Andre Bell
trey to make it a 29-18 game with 10:47 left.
North Carolina got back to within eight points a couple of times, but Georgia
Tech continued to pull ahead. The squad took its largest lead of the game
after Morrow put in a trey to give his squad a 48-29 lead with a little under
five minutes to play.
The Tar Heels used a 13-7 run to close out the half to pull closer to Georgia
Tech and trailed 55-42 going into the locker room.
North Carolina leads the series, 57-19…Dickey finished with 13
points…North Carolina won the battle of the boards, 35-28…The Tar Heels
connected on 50 percent of their shots while the Yellow Jackets hit 51 percent
of their shots.