Wednesday, March 3, 2010

SECOND-MOST EXCITING AND IMPORTANT ACC GAME OF THE YEAR NETS TAR HEELS 2,OOOTH WIN

Unranked NORTH CAROLINA 69, Unranked MIAMI 62 – In a thrilling game replete with record breaking performances, unranked North Carolina became just the second NCAA basketball program (along with Kentucky) to win 2,000 games.

Senior Marcus Ginyard playing in his final game at the Dean Smith Center, and wearing the coveted Carolina blue and argyle, enjoyed a record-setting night with his first career double/double scoring 12 points and grabbing 12 rebounds to go with five assists.

Miami freshman Durand Scott joined the onslaught of the ACC record book scoring his career best…mind you, his career is only 29-games-old. Scott scored 29 points which is a record for a Hurricane freshman in the Dean Dome. It was also the third -maybe second, we aren’t sure which -highest point production by a freshman in this ACC season to remember.

Carolina senior Deon Thompson scored 14 points playing in his final home appearance as the Heels (16-14, 5-10 ACC) won consecutive games for the first time in 2010. Coming off a surprise win at Wake Forest, North Carolina got off to a fast start against the Hurricanes, then used a 13-0 first-half run to go ahead for good.

Unranked Miami, which trailed by double digits in both the first and second half, turned this into one of the “most exciting” games of the year with a late run that closed the gap to just three points. But poor shot selection and Chapel Hill mojo ultimately doomed the Canes in a showdown between coaching legends Ol’ Roy and Frank Haith. These two NIT bound behemoths were duking it out to avoid last place and an even more uphill climb in the upcoming ACC tournament (that neither team has a shot in you-know-what of winning.)

Hitting the 2,000-win mark provided an achievement in an otherwise frustrating centennial season for North Carolina, though Kentucky already reached that milestone in December. No. 2 Kansas has 1,997 victories heading into Wednesday's game against No. 5 Kansas State and Duke has just over 1,900 as they prepare for Maryland tonight.

To read more, click here.

…and here…and here…and…here (from Miami’s perspective)…and…ahhh, you get the point.

To see a photo gallery of the game (26 photos), click here.

To see the “rough cut” of the photo gallery of the game (100 photos), click here.

For additional coverage from ESPN, click here, from Yahoo! Sports/Rivals.com, click here and from Sport’s Illustrated, click here.

To read the details of every single one of UNC’s 2,000 career victories, click here.

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