Monday, January 19, 2009

UNC: GOOD DEFENSE + HOT SHOOTER = WIN

No. 6 UNC 82, MIAMI 65

Down nine in the first half, Tar Heel Nation was getting restless. Then suddenly, out of who-knows-where, the Heels remembered that you can’t win conference games with soft defense that allows your opponent’s star player to take over the game a la Tyrese Rice and Jeff Teague.
With the Dean Dome crowd on their feet and howling, North Carolina (16-2, 2-2 ACC) shut down Canes’ sharpshooter Jack McClinton and went on a 13-0 run that gave the Tar Heels a four point lead at the half.

Carolina nursed that lead for the first three minutes of the second half when guard Wayne Ellington blew up. Ellington had not a single point for the first twenty-three minutes of the game before he made a lay-up with 17:01 left in the game.
Evidently, that broke the seal and Ellington promptly canned seven 3s in a row breaking open the game. He ended up with 23 points in a little less than 12 minutes. Ellington's seven 3s were the most by a Tar Heel since Rashad McCants hit eight against Clemson in 2004.

Tyler Hansbrough added 24 points, but still struggled with both getting shots and making the ones he gets. Hansbrough continues to make a living at the free throw line, and this was his 11th 20-point game in 14 outings. Jack McClinton had 21 points for the Hurricanes (13-4, 2-2).


(Photo by Zeke Smith/CarolinaBlue.com)

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