Friday, March 20, 2009


No. 1 NORTH CAROLINA 101, No. 16 RADFORD 58 - Ty Lawson sat while the rest of the Tar Heels ran circles around the overmatched Highlanders.

Tyler Hansbrough had 22 points and passed J.J. Redick as the ACC all-time leading scorer. Appropriately, he set the record with a free throw.

Hansbrough heard the roar of the crowd when the record was set, but he was typically somewhat unfazed.

"I thought about waving," he said, "but I just wanted to stay focused on the game."

Wayne Ellington had 25 points for the Tar Heels (29-4), and Danny Green emerged from his shooting slump with 15 points. Green, however, still managed to miss several point blank shots.

Playing about an hour drive from its Chapel Hill campus, North Carolina enjoyed a huge home-crowd advantage and built a 19-point halftime lead against Radford (21-12). The Tar Heels steadily increased the margin from there, cracking the 100-point mark in their NCAA opener for the second straight season.

Hansbrough shot just 5-for-16 on the day, but went 12-for-12 from the foul line -- where he holds the NCAA record for most made free throws -- to go with five rebounds in 20 minutes.

Amir Johnson and Joey Lynch-Flohr each scored 12 points to lead the Highlanders, the Big South Conference champion making just its second NCAA appearance and first since 1998.

Lawson has said he is feeling better and battling more stiffness than pain, adding he thinks he'll play Saturday. He dressed for the game and went through pregame warmups, but it was clear that Ol’ Roy wasn’t going to play unless UNC was staring at a historic upset.

(Photos by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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