No. 2 North Carolina steamrolls over Rutgers
Chapel Hill, NC (Sports Network) – Brandan Wright had 19 points and pulled
down seven rebounds as the second-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels cruised to
an 87-48 victory over Rutgers at Smith Center.
Freshman Wayne Ellington went 5-of-6 from three-point range and contributed 17
points for the Tar Heels (11-1), who have reeled off eight straight wins.
Tyler Hansbrough was the final player in double figures with 13 points in the
With leading scorer J.R. Inman and starter Anthony Farmer both serving one-
game suspensions for academic reasons, senior forward Adrian Hill paced
Rutgers (6-6) with 13 points and eight rebounds. The Scarlet Knights came into
the night riding a five-game winning streak for the first time since the
2003-04 season but the contest got out of hand early on.
Rutgers actually jumped out to a slim one-point lead and trailed just 9-7
before the Tar Heels began to pull away thanks to the strong play of their
starting five. Ty Lawson paced the effort down the stretch as North Carolina
went on a 10-4 spurt and led 33-19 at the break.
Rutgers made just 8-of-28 shots in the first 20 minutes of the contest.
The Tar Heels opened the second half on a 23-9 run and more than doubled their
lead later on, holding an 82-39 margin with just 3:50 remaining in the game.
North Carolina shot 65 percent in the second half.
Lawson finished with six points and nine assists for North Carolina…Wright
went 8-for-10 from the field and had three blocks…The contest marked the
beginning of a five-game homestand for the Tar Heels…North Carolina won the
battle of the boards, 39-30.