Miami (FL) 67

(12-5, 3-3 ACC)

(6) North Carolina 87

(16-2, 5-1 ACC)

    8:00 PM ET, January 22, 2005

    Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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    MIA 26 4167
    #6UNC 40 4787

    Top Performers

    Miami (FL): G. Diaz 30 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 4 Stl

    North Carolina: S. May 17 Pts, 15 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    Miami drops to .500 in ACC

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- As the only North Carolina starter not averaging in double figures, Jackie Manuel rarely gets the attention given to his more famous teammates.

    But he continues to do the little things that often get overlooked by fans, even when they show up on the stat sheet. Manuel's coach certainly notices.

    "Jackie Manuel is not a worry for me," Roy Williams said. "I admire the youngster and really respect what he does."

    Manuel broke out of a long slump with 14 points, Sean May added 17 points and 15 rebounds and North Carolina made the most of a rare home game, beating Miami 87-67 Saturday night.

    Jawad Williams also scored 14 points and Raymond Felton and Rashad McCants had 10 points apiece for the sixth-ranked Tar Heels (16-2, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). They are in the middle of a stretch during which they play six of eight games on the road, a run that includes a loss at Wake Forest last Saturday -- the only one in the past 17 games -- and trips to Duke and to Connecticut.

    "We just have to do it, it's time," Manuel said. "We've got to suck it up and show people we can not only win at home, but on the road."

    His point total tied a season best, as did his two 3-pointers. Manuel also added an assist, a steal and four rebounds while helping hold Miami's Robert Hite to only six points, 12 below his average.

    "I'm just in a funk right now," Hite said. "I've got to keep working and I've got to keep shooting."

    Manuel's first 3 late in the first half was part of a 20-3 run that spanned halftime, giving North Carolina control and the capacity crowd that included soccer star Mia Hamm and husband Nomar Garciaparra plenty to cheer.

    "I guess you're just going to have your night," Manuel said. "I feel like all the hard work is paying off. It makes me want to get in the gym and work even harder."

    The Hurricanes (12-5, 3-3) have been the surprise of the conference after they were picked to finish 11th in the newly expanded ACC. With victories over North Carolina State and Virginia -- plus an upset at Florida -- they've proven they brought more to the league than their football program.

    But Miami struggled in its fifth trip to Chapel Hill. Guillermo Diaz finished with a misleading 30 points, with most coming long after the outcome was decided.

    "Me personally? I don't want you to score even 10," Manuel said. "I think we did a decent job."

    Point guard Anthony Harris appeared particularly rattled by North Carolina's trapping defense. His first shot was blocked by Jawad Williams, and he had turnovers on the next three possessions, earning a seat on the bench next to coach Frank Haith.

    "He had a couple of bad turnovers that he hasn't had all year," Haith said. "He just made bad passes."

    The Hurricanes recovered a bit and pulled to 29-25 before the Tar Heels got going.

    Quentin Thomas and Melvin Scott each made two free throws and Manuel connected from long range to increase the margin to 11, and Felton later closed out the half with two more free throws for a 40-26 lead.

    "We're still competing," Hite said. "We know we've got a good team. There are no easy games in the ACC."

    North Carolina was 17-of-19 at the line in the opening 20 minutes, while Miami was only 5-of-8. May finished 9-of-13 for the game.

    "We just wanted to get the ball inside, somehow, some way," May said. "A lot of teams this year have been double-teaming me. They really didn't double-team, so I just tried to take advantage and get to the foul line."

    The second half was more of the same. McCants, the Tar Heels' top scorer, tipped in a miss for his first points of the game, and May converted two free throws and had a 3-point play to make it 47-26.

    After the Hurricanes got within 13, McCants started and finished an 11-0 run with 3-pointers, and the lead was never less than 18 after that.

    "In this league, you've got to be happy with any W," Roy Williams said. "We had a home game, and now we go back on the road."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 67 87
    FG Made-Attempted 24-67 (.358) 29-60 (.483)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-22 (.273) 5-20 (.250)
    FT Made-Attempted 13-17 (.765) 24-31 (.774)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 15 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 27

    2004-05 Season

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