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UNC Tar Heels down Radford Highlanders, 101-58

Posted Friday, March 20, 2009

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North Carolina advances to Saturday's second round against LSU.

Greensboro, NC - Tyler Hansbrough set the Atlantic Coast Conference career scoring mark in the opening minutes and finished with 22 points asthe South Regional’s top seed won an easy tournament opener.

Wayne Ellington had 25 points for the Tar Heels (29-4), who led the entire way and had no trouble beating the 16th-seeded Highlanders even with point guard Ty Lawson, who missed his third straight game with a toe injury.

North Carolina Postgame Notes vs. Radford - NCAA First Round, March 19, 2009

• Carolina's 43-point margin of victory is the second-largest in NCAA Tournament play school history. The only larger margin was a 45-point win (112-67) over Rhode Island in 1993.

• The Tar Heels won their 97th NCAA Tournament win, one behind Kentucky. Carolina is 97-39 alltime in the Tournament.

Tyler Hansbrough set the Atlantic Coast Conference career scoring record on a free throw with 15:43 to play in the opening half. Hansbrough came into the game two points shy of Duke's JJ Redick (2,769) and finished the game with 22 points. Hansbrough now has 2,289 points, most in ACC history and 16th-best in NCAA history.

• The 22-point effort was the seventh time in 12 NCAA Tournament games he scored 20 or more points. He extended his ACC record of career 20-point games to 77 and tied the ACC record for career double-figure games. He and Duke's Johnny Dawkins (now the Stanford head coach) both have scored in double figures 129 times.

• Hansbrough went 12 for 12 from the free throw line, the third time this year and the sixth time in his career he shot at least 10 free throws in a game without a miss (second most this year behind a 13 for 13 from the line at Michigan State).

• The 12 for 12 is the best free throw percentage (1.000) in a game by a Tar Heel in NCAA Tournament history. The 12 made free throws equal the fifth-most by a Tar Heel in an NCAA game, but none of the previous five with 12 or more free throws were perfect from the line. It ties the fifth-best free throw percentage in NCAA Tournament first or second round history.

Wayne Ellington scored 25 points, his NCAA Tournament career high in his 10th NCAA game. He had 20 against Arkansas last year in the second round.

• Ellington has scored in double figures now in 21 consecutive games, the longest stretch in his career. He has 49 points in the last two games (24 vs. Florida State).

Danny Green had his first double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds. That is his third career double-double and the first since Jan. 12, 2008, when he had 13 points and 14 rebounds against NC State.

Roy Williams extended his NCAA Tournament record by winning a game in his 20th straight season. No other coach has won a game in more than 18 straight seasons.

• The win was the 50th NCAA Tournament win for Coach Roy Williams. Williams' record is now 589-138 overall and 50-18 in NCAA play. Only Mike Krzyzewski and Dean Smith have won more NCAA Tournament games.

• Freshman Ed Davis had a season-high 15 points, to go along with five rebounds and four blocks. His previous scoring high was 13 against UNC Asheville on Nov. 30. He has scored in double figures in two of the last three games (10 vs. Virginia Tech in ACC quarterfinal) after not scoring in double figures since the eighth game of the season at Michigan State.

• Freshman Tyler Zeller had a season-high eight rebounds in 13 minutes, his longest stint since he returned from a 13-week layoff due to the fractured wrist.

• Larry Drew had five assists, his most since he had five against the College of Charleston on January 7th. In the three postseason games has 12 assists and three turnovers.

• Carolina grabbed a season-high 59 rebounds (high was 58 vs. Oregon in Maui). It was the second-high number of rebounds in an NCAA game by UNC. The Tar Heels had 64 against Princeton in 1967 East semifinals.

• Carolina held Radford to 27.5 percent shooting from the floor, the second-lowest percentage by an opponent this year (UNC Asheville shot 26.5 percent).

• Carolina and LSU will be playing for the 12th time overall, but the first time ever in NCAA Tournament action. The Tar Heels are 9-2 against LSU. The schools last met, ironically, in the Greensboro Coliseum on Dec. 18, 1996, a 67-48 UNC victory. That season was the last for both Carolina head coach Dean Smith and LSU head coach Dale Brown at their respective programs.

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UNC Tar Heels down Radford Highlanders, 101-58
Roy Williams extended his NCAA Tournament record by winning a game in his 20th straight season.
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