Thursday, January 24, 2008

TIMING IS EVERYTHING

NORTH CAROLINA 98, MIAMI 82

It figured that UNC's next opponent was likely to get lawn-mowed by an angry bunch of Heels reeling from what must have been a tough few days of practice following the weekend loss to Maryland.

Guess what? Carolina ran, shot, rebounded and defended like…well…Carolina. Marcus Ginyard was particularly effective in slowing down the Canes' Jack McLinton.

Miami, who's on a bit of swoon of late, was clearly playing the wrong team at the wrong time.

Tyler Hansbrough scored 27 of his season-high 35 points after halftime, and Ty Lawson scored 15 of his 23 points in the opening 20 minutes, as the fifth-ranked Tar Heels got back to their winning ways by beating the Hurricanes.

Hansbrough made 10 of 15 shots from the floor and 15 of 16 from the line.

Wayne Ellington added 12 points for North Carolina (19-1, 4-1 ACC), which lost its No. 1 ranking after an 82-80 home loss to Maryland on Saturday. But losing rarely becomes a Tar Heel trend: Excluding season-ending defeats, North Carolina is now 24-4 after a loss in the Roy Williams era.


Lance Hurdle scored a season-high 20 points for Miami (14-4, 1-3), which has dropped three straight and four of its last six -- erasing whatever luster remained after a somewhat-surprising 12-0 start. By all accounts, the slump has not damaged the Canes’ football recruiting class which according to Scout.com is #1 in D1 football.

Miami guard Jack McClinton, left, shoots as North Carolina guard Marcus Ginyard, right, defends during the first half . (AP Photos/Lynne Sladky)

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