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January 20, 2007

Georgia Tech can't slow down No. 4 UNC

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -Tyler Hansbrough scored 24 points and No. 4 North Carolina held Georgia Tech to its lowest-scoring game of the season in a 77-61 victory Saturday night.

Reyshawn Terry had 16 points for the Tar Heels (17-2, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who used a 25-10 second-half run to pull away for their 14th win in 15 games and join Kentucky as the only NCAA schools with 1,900 victories.

Freshman Thaddeus Young had 22 points for Georgia Tech (13-5, 2-3), which set its previous scoring low in a 73-64 loss at Vanderbilt on Dec. 9. Young finished two points shy of his career high of 24 set against Georgia on Dec. 22.

The Yellow Jackets fell to 0-4 on the road this season and have dropped 15 straight on their opponents' home courts. They also are 4-24 all-time against North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Hansbrough's numbers weren't quite as gaudy as the last time he faced Georgia Tech, when he set a career high with 40 points against the Yellow Jackets last February.

In this meeting, coach Paul Hewitt's team made nothing easy on the sophomore forward, whose points came on an assortment of contested layups, dunks and plenty of free throws. Hansbrough finished 14-of-15 from the line.

The Tar Heels were in control all night, only briefly trailing in the game's opening moments, gradually asserting itself and then keeping the Yellow Jackets at bay the rest of the way.

They used an 8-2 burst late in the first half - keyed by 3-pointers 42 seconds apart by Wes Miller and Ty Lawson - to take their first double-figure lead, 30-20. After Wayne Ellington's 3 from the right corner pushed the lead to 34-23 with just under 4 minutes left in the half, the Yellow Jackets never got closer than 10 points.

Georgia Tech pulled to 46-36 with about 14 minutes left on a 3-pointer by Young before the Tar Heels held the Yellow Jackets to two field goals over the next 9 minutes during their game-breaking run.

Danny Green capped the spurt with a 3 from the key to push the lead to 71-46 with 5 minutes left.

Freshman Brandan Wright failed to reach double figures for the first time as a Tar Heel, finishing with nine points.

For more coverage of North Carolina, visit TarHeelBlue.com; for more on Georgia Tech, visit JacketsOnlins.com.

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