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Scott's early shooting sets tone

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- The expressions on the faces of North
Carolina's players changed completely in 36 hours.

The 17th-ranked Tar Heels ran into the locker room at Joel
Coliseum screaming with joy Saturday after a 79-73 victory over No.
16 Wake Forest. On Thursday night, they walked off their home court
in stunned silence following an overtime loss to top-ranked Duke.

"I said after the Duke game Thursday night I was proud of my
team, but for those guys to bounce back like this in such a short
time, that is something I'm even more proud of," said first-year
North Carolina coach Roy Williams, who won on the road for the
first time in the Atlantic Coast Conference. "It's a very happy
locker room in there after being a very sad one Thursday night."

The Tar Heels rode the accurate shooting of Melvin Scott early
and the inside dominance of Sean May late to a win that snapped a
five-game losing streak to Wake Forest.

North Carolina (14-6, 4-5) lost 83-81 in overtime to Duke on
Thursday, a game that didn't end until after 11 p.m. Saturday's 1
p.m. tipoff didn't seem to bother the Tar Heels as they took a
34-18 lead in the opening 12{ minutes, looking like the fresher
team.

"We weren't out of gas, we're 19-, 20-year-old kids," May
said. "We can't be tired. That's what Coach always told us."

Scott had 14 points in that opening run, going 5-for-5 from the
field, including all four of his 3-point attempts.

"We just came out to play ball and took what the defense gave
us," said Scott, who matched his career high with 20 points.
"Whatever was going for us, we wanted to keep it going. Tonight,
we hung in there and I think it's us maturing. We've just got to
prove we can win close games."

The Demon Deacons (13-6, 4-5), who lost for the sixth time in
eight games since opening the season 11-0, held the Tar Heels
without a field goal the rest of the half to get to 38-33 at
halftime.

Justin Gray hit a 3-pointer 45 seconds into the second half to
make it a two-point game, and thoughts of the first meeting between
these teams -- Wake Forest's 119-114 victory in triple overtime --
came to mind.

North Carolina came right back with a six-point possession when
Rashad McCants was fouled intentionally as he scored on an
offensive rebound. He made both free throws, and Raymond Felton hit
a jumper on the ensuing possession to make it 44-36 with 18:30
left.

"That was less than ideal," Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser
said. "All it was was a lack of a block out."

Wake Forest couldn't sustain a run as May scored 13 points in
the second half, but the Demon Deacons got to 70-68 on a basket by
Jamaal Levy with 2:40 left. After an exchange of possessions,
Felton, who missed his first five 3-point attempts and was 3-for-10
overall, nailed a 3 with 51 seconds left to make it 73-68.

"I look at the stat sheet and see Raymond Felton had no
turnovers," Williams said, "but obviously, his 3-pointer was a
big-time 3-pointer."

May had 18 points and 10 rebounds following his 15-point,
21-rebound effort against Duke, while Felton had 17 points and four
assists.

"We've got to remember how we got in the position we were in
today," May said. "We played hard the entire game and put
ourselves in a position to win. That's what it takes to learn how
to win."

Prosser said his team didn't give itself a chance to get in that
position.

"The first 10 minutes of the game were really telling," he
said. "Carolina came out and ran their stuff well and we did very
little to disrupt that. We didn't play hard enough in the beginning
of the game, and that's on me."

Levy and Gray each had 19 points for the Demon Deacons, while
freshman point guard Chris Paul had 15 points, seven assists and
one turnover.

The loss dropped Wake Forest to 1-4 this season against ranked
teams.

"There's something wrong with us and we've got to hurry up and
find it quickly," center Eric Williams said.