Harrison Barnes leaves arena on crutches

November, 27, 2011
11/27/11
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LAS VEGAS -- What might be worse for top-ranked (for now) North Carolina than losing to UNLV 90-80 Saturday night?

Having All-American forward Harrison Barnes leave Orleans Arena on crutches.

The sophomore forward rolled his right ankle late in the first half scrambling on the sideline for a loose ball. He immediately flashed the tired signal and went to the bench. Although he waved off the trainer, he had a towel over his head for several minutes, before eventually returning to the game.

A team spokesman said the crutches were a precautionary measure, and Barnes will be re-evaluated when the team returns to Chapel Hill.

Barnes made only 6 of 16 shots during the Tar Heels' first loss of the season, finishing with 15 points and 5 rebounds.

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