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November 20, 2007
North Carolina offense explodes in easy win
Danny Green had 15 points for the Tar Heels (3-0), who earned their second straight blowout win in the Las Vegas Invitational. North Carolina next faces Old Dominion in Las Vegas, beginning an extended road trip that will keep them away from home for nearly a month.
Everett Spencer scored 12 points to lead the Bulldogs (0-4), who managed an early 8-4 lead before being overwhelmed by North Carolina's size and athleticism.
In fact, the game looked a lot like the Tar Heels' home opener: a 107-72 win over Iona to start the invitational on Sunday night. North Carolina got another big performance from Hansbrough inside, had four players score in double figures and cracked the 100-point mark with more than 6 minutes left.
North Carolina led by as many as 49 points late.
It was a good way to leave home for the six-game swing that will take North Carolina from Las Vegas to Ohio State, followed by trips to Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Rutgers. The Tar Heels' next home game is Dec. 19 against Nicholls State.
Hansbrough turned in a typically dominating performance, going 7-for-12 from the floor and 12-for-14 on free throws with eight rebounds in just 20 minutes. Ellington finished one shy of his career high for scoring, shooting 6-for-11 while hitting three 3-pointers.
One of the few lowlights came when senior reserve Quentin Thomas rimmed out a two-handed breakaway dunk to reach the 100-point mark. But Green ran downcourt for the rebound and scored on the stickback, giving North Carolina a 100-55 lead with 6:14 left.
North Carolina shot 54 percent for the game and hit 29 of 39 free throws. S.C. State shot 40 percent and committed 31 fouls.
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