Thursday, January 10, 2008

YOW! THE DUDE IS SHAQ-A-LICIOUS

#1 UNC 93, UNC-Asheville (Bulldogs, 3,609 students, Asheville, NC) 81

Tyler Hansbrough scored 23 points and started top-ranked North Carolina's decisive rally with a momentum-shifting dunk over 7-foot-7 Kenny George in a 93-81 victory over North Carolina-Asheville on Wednesday night.

At 7 feet, 7 inches tall and 360 pounds, George is college basketball's all-time tallest player. He is averaging 22.2 minutes, 12.8 points and 9.3 rebounds, and put up a double/double against the Heels -- 14 points, 11 rebounds in just 24 minutes.

Wayne Ellington scored 19 points, Ty Lawson had 17 and reserve Danny Green had 12 of his 14 in the first half for North Carolina (16-0), which never trailed in completing its first perfect nonconference regular season since 1998 and just its fifth in 50 years.

Deon Thompson #21, Will Graves #13 and Tyler Hansbrough #50 of the North Carolina Tar Heels battle for a rebound against the North Carolina Asheville Bulldogs during the first half. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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