Strickland makes impact in hometown

The N.J. native came up big on both ends of the court in UNC's win over Marquette

Updated: March 26, 2011, 1:53 PM ET
By Mike Mazzeo | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

NEWARK, N.J. -- With 18:55 remaining in the second half, North Carolina sophomore guard Dexter Strickland brought down the house.

His house.

Or at least it felt that way at the Prudential Center on Friday night, with more than 40 of Strickland's family and friends in attendance.

After picking off a pass at midcourt, the New Jersey native -- the only New Jersey native of the 48 college basketball players on four teams competing in the East Regional -- burst down the court like ...

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