CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Tyler Hansbrough had 18 points and
Reyshawn Terry added 16 to help North Carolina bounce back from a
scare in the opener with a 112-55 victory over Cleveland State on
David Noel scored 13 points for the Tar Heels (2-0), who looked
nothing like the team that nearly lost to Gardner-Webb three days
earlier. That 83-80 victory was secured on Noel's 3-pointer just
before the final buzzer, but this one wasn't close for the final 30
With former stars Sean May, Raymond Felton and Jackie Manuel
sitting behind the bench -- along with all-time great Phil Ford --
North Carolina ran away from the Vikings (0-2) for the second
straight season. The margin of victory was even greater than last
year, when Cleveland State got beat 107-64.
Senior Byron Sanders, a little-used reserve during much of his
first three seasons, punctuated the rout with quite a trifecta in
the final minutes -- he made two free throws to give him a
career-high nine points, increased the margin to 50 points for the
first time and gave the Tar Heels a total of 100.
May was nattily attired in jeans and a sport coat -- complete
with a handkerchief tucked in the breast pocket -- while Felton
sported Pete Maravich's Boston Celtics throwback jersey. Both NBA
rookies signed a handful of autographs before the game, then
engaged Sanders in a bit of playful banter during the first half.
Of course, Sanders and anyone else in the rotation had plenty of
time to talk. Cleveland State, which lost its home opener to
Florida A&M, trailed by 28 points at the half and quickly saw that
margin spread after the break.
It reached 30 for the first time on a 3-pointer by Bobby Frasor
before the first media timeout, leaving the final 16½ minutes as
nothing more than garbage time. Fittingly, walk-ons Surry Wood and
Dewey Burke got in the score sheet with the first baskets of their
Indeed, Tar Heels coach Roy Williams and his players surely had
to enjoy this result after what almost happened against
North Carolina trailed only at 2-0 and 5-2 before using a
stifling defense to take control. During one 6-minute stretch of
the opening half, the Vikings went 0-for-11 from the field, with
three of the misses blocked.
By that time, the lead was 27-11, and although Cleveland State
briefly got within 14 on a jumper by Raheem Moss, the Tar Heels
restored order with a 7-0 run highlighted by Sanders' three-point
J'Nathan Bullock scored 13 points to lead the Vikings, who shot
32 percent and finished with 23 turnovers.