Cleveland State 55

(0-2, 0-1 away)

North Carolina 112

(2-0, 2-0 home)

    9:00 PM ET, November 22, 2005

    Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

    1 2 T
    CLEV 21 3455
    UNC 49 63112

    Top Performers

    Cleveland St: J. Bullock 15 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Stl

    North Carolina: R. Terry 16 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    North Carolina 112, Cleveland St. 55

    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 Tuesday night.

    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 minutes.

    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 career.

    Indeed, Tar Heels coach Roy Williams and his players surely had to enjoy this result after what almost happened against Gardner-Webb.

    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 play.

    J'Nathan Bullock scored 13 points to lead the Vikings, who shot 32 percent and finished with 23 turnovers.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 55 112
    FG Made-Attempted 23-71 (.324) 38-70 (.543)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-13 (.308) 6-18 (.333)
    FT Made-Attempted 5-9 (.556) 30-46 (.652)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 34 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 59

    2005-06 Season

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