Hurricanes Fall at Home for First Time
Jan. 23, 2008
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Ty Lawson’s speed got North Carolina started, and Tyler Hansbrough’s size eventually proved too much for Miami.
Hansbrough scored 27 of his season-high 35 points after halftime, Lawson scored 15 of his 23 points in the opening 20 minutes, and the fifth-ranked Tar Heels got back to their winning ways by beating the Hurricanes 98-82 on Wednesday night.
Hansbrough made 10 of 15 shots from the floor and 15 of 16 from the line.
Wayne Ellington added 12 points for North Carolina (19-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), which lost its No. 1 ranking after an 82-80 home loss to Maryland on Saturday. But losing rarely becomes a Tar Heel trend: Excluding season-ending defeats, North Carolina is now 24-4 after a loss in the Roy Williams era.
Lance Hurdle scored a season-high 20 points for Miami (14-4, 1-3).
Miami’s home floor was raucous early, with no shortage of star power on hand.
Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat sat near the Hurricanes’ bench, and Heat players Dorell Wright — McClinton’s former prep-school teammate — and Jason Williams sat in the front row along a sideline.
Williams even twirled an orange pom-pom most of the game, but the Tar Heels — who improved to 8-0 on the road — weren’t deterred.
Hansbrough made consecutive jumpers early in the second half to push Carolina’s lead to 59-48, then its largest.
And whenever Miami seemed poised to make a run, Hansbrough usually had an answer.
His three-point play with 7:44 left put the Tar Heels up 74-62 and, after McClinton hit a 3-pointer to breathe some life back into the Miami side, Hansbrough slammed home a missed Lawson layup to silence the building once again.