9:00 PM ET, January 17, 2009
Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Ellington's dominant second half leads No. 6 Tar Heels over Hurricanes
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- For the first time all year, Wayne Ellington couldn't miss. It made North Carolina's offense finally look as potent as everyone expected.Tyler Hansbrough added 24 points for the Tar Heels (No. 6 ESPN/USA Today, No. 5 AP), who used a 13-0 run to end the first half and push ahead for good. But it was Ellington, who had struggled with his shot much of the season, who got North Carolina (16-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) rolling with a dazzling shooting display that turned a close game into a rout.
• North Carolina used a 13-0 run at the end of the first half to rally from a nine-point deficit to roll past Miami (FL).
• Miami shot only 39.7 percent from the field, losing for the 19th time in the last 20 games vs. a top-10 team.
• Tyler Hansbrough scored 20 in the first half and finished with 24 points and Wayne Ellington added 23 in the second half to help the Tar Heels to their fourth straight win over Miami.
-- ESPN research
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||27-68 (.397)||28-63 (.444)|
|3P Made-Attempted||6-21 (.286)||11-23 (.478)|
|FT Made-Attempted||5-11 (.455)||15-18 (.833)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||16 (0/0)||14 (0/0)|