Georgia Tech 75

(10-13, 3-9 ACC)

(23) North Carolina 82

(16-6, 7-4 ACC)

7:00 PM ET, February 15, 2006

Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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GT 55 2075
#23UNC 42 4082

Top Performers

Georgia Tech: A. Morrow 22 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast

North Carolina: T. Hansbrough 40 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

Hansbrough nets 40 as No. 23 UNC rallies for win

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Tyler Hansbrough didn't get much scoring help from his North Carolina teammates as they rallied from a 20-point deficit against Georgia Tech.

But the way the freshman was playing, it didn't matter.

Hansbrough set the Smith Center scoring record with 40 points Wednesday night to lead the 23rd-ranked Tar Heels past Georgia Tech 82-75, helping them win for the fifth time in six games and solidify their standing in the upper half of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Hansbrough also set the ACC's freshman scoring record in a determined effort for the Tar Heels (16-6, 7-4). And with this dazzling one-man show, the unassuming yet relentless big man nicknamed "Psycho T" can probably start etching his name on the trophy for the ACC's rookie of the year -- if he hasn't already.

"The big fella was unbelievable," coach Roy Williams said.

"Just watching him out there tonight was something special," fellow freshman Bobby Frasor said.

Hansbrough broke the program's freshman mark of 31 points shared by Walter Davis, Mike O'Koren, J.R. Reid and Antawn Jamison. He also broke Joseph Forte's arena record of 38 points set against Tulsa in 2000-01, putting his name alongside an impressive list of greats like Tim Duncan, Jerry Stackhouse, Christian Laettner and Grant Hill who played here in the 20-year history of the Smith Center.

Hansbrough surpassed the previous ACC freshman mark of 38 points by Clemson's Skip Wise against Penn in November 1974, and became just the eighth Tar Heel to score at least 40 in a game.

"I didn't even know I had that many points," Hansbrough said. "When you look at all the great players that have played here, it's something down the line I'll talk about when I'm done playing basketball."

The 6-foot-9 forward finished with nearly half his team's points, while Reyshawn Terry (13 points) and David Noel (10) were the only other Tar Heels to hit double figures. Hansbrough went 13-for-17 from the field and 14-for-19 from the line to go with 10 rebounds, surpassing his previous best of 26 points against Boston College.

Only Duke's J.J. Redick -- who has scored 41 twice and has three 40-point games -- has scored more points in the ACC this season.

"The kid can really run the floor and you have to give him credit," Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt said. "He works very hard. We told our guys coming in that he probably runs the floor harder than any freshman I've seen."

Anthony Morrow scored 18 of his 22 points in the first half to lead the Yellow Jackets (10-13, 3-9), who couldn't follow their weekend upset of No. 21 North Carolina State with another win over a ranked opponent. Georgia Tech hasn't won at the Smith Center since 1996.

Georgia Tech's 71-68 win over the Wolfpack snapped an eight-game losing streak, and the Yellow Jackets picked up where they left off by hitting their first nine 3-pointers to build a 50-30 lead late in the first half.

But the Tar Heels hung around early thanks to two things: Hansbrough and lots of free throws.

He scored 23 points and hit 11 of 13 free throws in the half, part of the Tar Heels' 16-for-21 effort from the line on 17 fouls by Georgia Tech.

The Tar Heels also helped themselves defensively in the second half. The Yellow Jackets shot 61 percent before the break, including 9-for-10 from behind the arc -- a performance that had Williams seething by halftime. But the Tar Heels held the Yellow Jackets to just 8-for-22 shooting after the break, including 0-for-7 on 3s.

"It was the most frustrating half I've ever coached," Williams said. "They had to play every possession, and I think we did a much better job playing every possession in the second half."

North Carolina also got out in transition more in the second half and shot 60 percent after the break, and finished 23-for-35 at the line for the game.

The Tar Heels trailed 55-42 at halftime, and got seven straight points from Hansbrough to cut the lead to five. They eventually tied it at 61 when Terry knocked down a transition 3 off a feed from Quentin Thomas with 12:52 left.

Hansbrough took over from there. He drove by Theodis Tarver for a one-handed reverse layup that set the school's freshman scoring mark and cut Georgia Tech's lead to 64-63 with 11:27 left. He followed that with two free throws for the first lead of the second half, then scored in transition to make it 67-64 with 9:34 left.

He tied the Smith Center record when he hit a circus one-handed shot over his head and drew the foul for his 38th point and a 69-68 lead with 6:11 left. He hit the 40-point mark when he got by Ra'Sean Dickey for a layup and a 76-70 lead with 4:10 left.

Georgia Tech got no closer than five points after that.

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 75 82
FG Made-Attempted 27-53 (.509) 28-56 (.500)
3P Made-Attempted 9-17 (.529) 3-15 (.200)
FT Made-Attempted 12-19 (.632) 23-35 (.657)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 31 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
Largest Lead 20 8

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