Tar Heels blast Billikens in Hansbrough’s homecoming
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) – Tyler Hansbrough had a game-high 15 points to
go along with 13 rebounds in his Missouri homecoming, as the second-ranked
North Carolina Tar Heels bested the Saint Louis Billikens, 69-48.
Hansbrough, a Poplar Bluff native, shot 6-of-13 from the field for the Tar
Heels (10-1), who have won seven in a row since their lone defeat of the
season, a loss to Gonzaga on November 22.
Danny Green added 14 points and six rebounds while Brandan Wright and Ty
Lawson each had 12 points in the win.
Ian Vouyoukas had 14 points and 13 boards for the Billikens (9-3), who had
their four-game winning streak ended. Tommie Liddell had 13 points in the
Saint Louis was in control early behind the strength of an 8-2 run in the
first half. Tied at 16, the Billikens hit back-to-back jumpers to go up four.
Lawson then converted a layup for the Tar Heels before a layup, and later two
free throws, by Vouyoukas put Saint Louis on top 24-18 with 5:21 left.
North Carolina responded with two straight hoops and Wayne Ellington brought
the Tar Heels within one after going 1-of-2 from the line with 3:11 to go.
The Tar Heels went into the break on top after Wright was fouled as he dropped
in a layup and hit the resulting free throw to make it 27-26. Neither team hit
a basket for the remaining 1 1/2 minutes of the half.
North Carolina finally began to pull away midway through the second half.
Hansbrough followed a Green three-pointer with a layup to cap a 7-0 run that
gave the Tar Heels a 41-32 edge with 14:09 to go in the game.
Saint Louis countered with four straight, but the Tar Heels ripped off 11 in a
row to take control. Lawson started the burst with a three and Reyshawn Terry
brought it to a close with back-to-back buckets, staking North Carolina to a
52-36 edge with 9:17 remaining.
A 6-0 run by the Billikens pulled them within 11 at 57-46, but the Tar Heels
later dashed all comeback thoughts as they netted the game’s last nine points
to account for the final score.
North Carolina won’t take the court for another six days as it travels to St.
Louis on December 28. It will be the Tar Heels’ first road game since November
24…The Tar Heels lead the all-time series against St. Louis 3-1…Terry
ended with six points…Luke Meyer and Kevin Lisch each had six points in