Monday , Jan , 08 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Tar Heels slam Seminoles

Chapel Hill, NC (Sports Network) – Tyler Hansbrough’s 25 points and 13
rebounds led the way as second-ranked North Carolina rolled past Florida
State, 84-58, at the Dean Smith Center.

Brandan Wright scored 20 on 9-of-13 shooting, and grabbed five boards for the
Tar Heels (14-1, 1-0 ACC), winners of 11 in a row. Danny Green contributed
eight points, seven rebounds and a pair of assists.

Due to UCLA’s loss on Saturday to Oregon, the Tar Heels are likely to be the
new No. 1 team in the country come Monday.

“It says at this point in the year we’re doing alright,” Tar Heels coach Roy
Williams said. “I’ve been number one before and if you don’t finish that way
at the end of the year it means you had a good little stretch, but it doesn’t
mean what people remember.”

Al Thornton collected a game-high 29 points to go with 12 rebounds for the
Seminoles (12-4, 0-2), who have lost two straight following an eight-game
winning streak. Jason Rich was the only other FSU player to finish in double
figures with 10.

“They became more patient and tried to keep our most experienced players off
the court,” FSU coach Leonard Hamilton said. “They did a very good job of
being very patient, moving the ball, making the extra pass. They were able to
extend the lead from there.”

The Seminoles used a fast-paced transition game off some poor Carolina
shooting to take an early 6-2 lead, but the Tar Heels righted the ship soon
after and both sides see-sawed with the lead until Carolina opened up a five-
point advantage, 20-15, with just over eight minutes to go. It would grow as
large as 12 points before a 10-4 run brought Florida State within 36-30 at the

North Carolina opened the second half on a 12-6 spurt to regain a 12-point
advantage, and the Seminoles were unable to mount any consistent pressure or
make shots from that point on. The Tar Heels finished the night on a 23-12
clip to pick up their first conference victory of the season.

Game Notes

The Tar Heels have dominated the all-time series, 35-8…There were eight lead
changes and two ties in the first part of the first half before Carolina took
control of the game…Carolina shot just 41.2 percent in the first half, then
hit for 52.8 percent in the final 20 minutes…Neither team hit well from
beyond the arc, with Florida State just 4-of-15 and North Carolina 4-
of-17…Wayne Ellington led the Tar Heels with five assists…Thornton
committed a game-high three turnovers.