Sunday, February 1, 2009


AP - In the silence just before the national anthem, a North Carolina State fan let reigning national player of the year Tyler Hansbrough know what he thought of him.

"I hate you Tyler!" he screamed loudly enough for everyone on the RBC Center court to hear.
Apparently, the feeling is mutual.

Hansbrough scored 31 points for his second straight big game here to help North Carolina (No. 6 ESPN/USA Today, No. 5 AP) beat the Wolfpack 93-76 on Saturday, the Tar Heels' fifth straight win.

Ty Lawson added 16 points for the Tar Heels (19-2, 5-2 ACC), who have bounced back from an 0-2 league start to put themselves near the top of the ACC standings. North Carolina dominated most of the way, shooting 56 percent to take a 12-point halftime lead then scoring on its first five possessions after the break to push the margin to 18 points.

N.C. State (11-8, 2-5) managed to cut the deficit to seven points midway through the second half behind a scoring flurry from Courtney Fells, but got no closer as the Tar Heels won for the 11th time in 12 meetings.

When asked if he liked the fans at N.C. State, Hansbrough responded, "If they're not cheering for us, then I don't really like them.

"It's all part of the game," he said with a grin. "They are a rougher crowd. They're a little tougher than most places."

(AP Photo/Jim R. Bounds)

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