(23) North Carolina 83

(17-6, 8-4 ACC)

Wake Forest 72

(13-13, 1-11 ACC)

1:30 PM ET, February 19, 2006

Lawrence Joel Coliseum, Winston-salem, North Carolina

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#23UNC 39 4483
WAKE 44 2872

Top Performers

North Carolina: R. Terry 24 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl

Wake Forest: E. Williams 19 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Blk

Terry guides No. 23 Tar Heels over Wake Forest

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- Reyshawn Terry's third try at a homecoming was all he could hope for. His shot was falling, he got plenty of help from his teammates and North Carolina won again.

"It's definitely good to have bragging rights when you come home," the native of Winston-Salem said. "Now we have to worry about the next game."

Terry scored 24 points, Tyler Hansbrough added 17 and No. 23 North Carolina gave Wake Forest its eighth Atlantic Coast Conference loss in a row with an 83-72 victory Sunday.

David Noel finished with 13 points despite foul trouble and Danny Green had 10 for the Tar Heels (17-6, 8-4), who improved to 5-1 on the road in the ACC. They also assured themselves of at least a .500 record in the conference, often a requirement for an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.

"I don't think anybody expected us to do much this year," Hansbrough said. "That's something that drove us to do a lot more. We came out, we concentrated real hard and we got a 'W."

Terry barely was included in the rotation during his first two seasons, but with North Carolina missing its top seven scorers from a season ago, he has started all 23 games so far. He missed his career high by one point while making half of his 14 shots and all but one of his nine free throws.

The Tar Heels converted 24-of-30 at the line.

"It's big for Reyshawn, particularly to come back home and to play such a prominent role in having a win here," North Carolina coach Roy Williams said. "I think he's been comfortable recently, and I think he's been playing very well for us."

Hansbrough was coming off a 40-point effort against Georgia Tech, and he quietly reached double figures for the 18th game in a row. He's a big reason the Tar Heels have won seven of nine overall and moved into a tie for third in the ACC with Boston College.

"I'm not one of those guys that wants to come out and score 40 every game," Hansbrough said. "I just want to be a solid player. Our team came out and won in a tough place, and ultimately, that's what I want."

Justin Gray needed 22 shots to get 20 points for the Demon Deacons (13-13, 1-11), and Eric Williams had 15 of his 19 points in the first half.

Gray had two 3-pointers in the final 90 seconds of the first half to help the Deacons take the lead, and they stretched the margin to nine soon after halftime on consecutive 3s from Michael Drum and Gray. That's when the Tar Heels regained control.

"We were able to get the lead, and keep the lead," Terry said. "We just needed a spurt."

It came. Wake Forest was held to a single point over an 8-minute span, and by that time, North Carolina was ahead.

"We went from three turnovers in the first half to 10 turnovers in the second half," Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser said. "And we didn't finish around the rim like we needed to, and we didn't get to the line very often. That's a formula for disaster."

A 10-1 run capped by Bobby Frasor's free throw tied it for the final time before Noel stepped outside for a jumper from beyond the arc. Suddenly, the Tar Heels led, and it only got worse from there for the Deacons.

Terry swished a pair of 3-pointers -- one coming just before the shot clock expired -- and Marcus Ginyard got a steal that led to a layup. When Green added a 3 of his own, the lead was 69-59.

Wake Forest never recovered, and now even the NIT is in question. For the first time since opening the 1998-99 season 1-1, the Deacons are at .500, and they have a trip to Boston College (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today; No. 13 AP) and a home game against North Carolina State (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today; No. 21 AP) left on the schedule.

"All I can do is try to do my part," Gray said. "Sometimes, down the stretch, I'm trying to force stuff to make stuff happen, and that's not when we're a good team. We're a good team when we're executing and making easy plays."

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 83 72
FG Made-Attempted 26-52 (.500) 29-67 (.433)
3P Made-Attempted 7-19 (.368) 8-21 (.381)
FT Made-Attempted 24-30 (.800) 6-10 (.600)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 22 (0/0)
Largest Lead 14 9

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