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Tar Heels feel Lawson's absence hard in loss to Blue Devils

Updated: February 7, 2008, 12:46 AM ET
Associated Press

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Ty Lawson sat helplessly on the bench, a black brace around his left ankle and his uniform underneath his warm-up shirt.

A sprained ankle kept the North Carolina point guard out of one of the biggest games of his career, and the No. 3 Tar Heels felt his absence throughout an 89-78 loss to No. 2 Duke on Wednesday night.

"Everybody in the country already knows how important [Lawson] is," forward Deon Thompson said. "I don't think there's a better point guard ...

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