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Giant George proves tall task
BY NICOLE LUKOSIOUS
Throughout Wednesday's game.
Tvler Hanshrough stood at the top
of the key and was met with an
unfamiliar sight someone taller
than him. Ten inches taller than
him, to be exact.
But at the
start of the sec
ond half, he gave
Kenny George a
little head fake
and then he took
off to his left.
proved that size
matter as he
brought down a
gave UNC fits
in the low post
forceful two-handed dunk over the
top of George that sent the crowd
into a frenzy en route to the Tar
HeeLs - 93-81 victory.
“I felt like l had an advantage
quickness-wise," Hanshrough said.
"1 didn't know if he was going to be
able to get there or not. It was just
a chance 1 took, and it went down
for me my way."
Junior Marcus Ginyard was
pretty impressed as well.
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“1 was excited. 1 was really excit
ed," he said. "1 was just glad some
body finally made a shot on him.
... It got things going a little bit,
which is the biggest thing."
Although Hanshrough was able
to blow past George for the dunk
and two of his team-high 23 points
George w as certainly a distrac
tion in the lane all night for UNC.
The Tar Heels’ big man trio of
Hansbrough. Deon Thompson and
Alex Stepheson were up against a
wall —a 360 pound wall —and it
At the end of the first half with
UNC leading 53-40, the three had
only 12 points combined.
There was no doubt that George
who finished with four blocks
made the Tar Heels readjust their
shot selection, which kept UNC-A
in the game. On multiple occasions.
UNC players seemed frustrated
by the center’s immense size and
would stop to gather themselves
before eventually looking to pass
“The big fella is a load inside,
there is no question," UNC coach
Hoy Williams said. “He blocked
a couple of shots, but he changed
about a million."
Stepheson was back in action for
the first time since missing the pre
“The big fella is a
load inside.... He
blocked a couple
of shots, but he
changed a million.”
ROY WILLIAMS, ON KENNY GEORGE
vious two contests due to an illness
in his family. He had a tough assign
ment in George on the defensive end,
and eventually fouled out with 5:47
remaining with two points.
“It was a frustrating night for
him. but we are happy to have him
back," Williams said.
Stepheson's return is just in the
nick of time, too. With a tough
ACC matchup come Saturday,
North Carolina will be looking
to make adjustments defensively,
but George certainly kept the Tar
Heels off their game Wednesday
“He's definitely improved and
gave them a good edge," Ginyard
said. “Altogether we just needed
to come out more intense about
things we were doing defensively."
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North Carolina muscles
past Bulldogs in victory
Tar Heels face
N.C. State next
BY GRAY CALDWELL
center Kenny George had a night
as big as he is, but that won’t be
what people take away from the
Instead the enduring image
from the night is 6-feet-9-inch
North Carolina forward Tyler
Hansbrough posterizing George on
a thunderous tomahawk dunk.
The No. 1 Tar Heels (16-0)
closed out their non-conference
schedule with a 93-81 win against
The Bulldogs' George, the
tallest player in college basket-
ball, did his
fair share of
the paint. He
14 points, 11
rebounds and 4 blocks.
In a play that will certainly
live in highlight reel infamy,
Hansbrough took the ball at the
free throw line, pump faked and
drove by George before rising up
and dunking over his outstretched
“I just drove him, and I went
up, and 1 just dunked the ball
and he happened to be there,"
Hansbrough said. “1 kind of knew
he was there. I just felt like I could
drive around him."
UNC coach Roy Williams said
it was about time Hansbrough.
who had six points at the half,
took it to the basket.
“If you have a guy that’s 7-7, 7-
8, blocking everything you bring
in there, you've got to go strong
in there or come sit over next to
me," Williams said. “That’s what
I told him. Don’t give me a finger
roll, that stuff went out with Ice
The Tar Heels gained plenty
of momentum from the play
and from Hansbrough, who fin
ished with 23 points and eight
The Tar Heels got another
strong game from guard Wayne
North Carolina junior Tyler
Hansbrough looks to take it to
the basket against 7-foot-7 Kenny
George during Wednesday's win.
Ellington as well, fresh off his 36-
point performance at Clemson.
He finished with 19 points, going
3-for-6 from the three-point
The Tar Heels got the win in
typical Tar Heel fashion: They
won the rebounding battle 45-
34, shot well from the free throw
line, caused 18 turnovers and only
“That’s a big emphasis Coach
had." UNC guard Ty Lawson said.
“Against Clemson we made turn
overs that weren't forced, so that
was one of the things we wanted
to look at."
Though UNC led throughout,
the Bulldogs kept fighting back
and kept the game fairly close
for much of the night. The offen
sive attack was led by guards K.J.
Garland, who finished with 16
points and 6 assists, and Brvan
Smithson, who led all scorers with
The UNC lead was as few as
three points with 7:49 remain
ing in the first period, and the
Bulldogs hit a buzzer-beater to
close the half down to 13. After
scoring the first basket of the sec
ond half, it looked like momen
tum was on the Bulldogs' side.
Then the dunk happened, and
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the lead was double digits the rest
of the game.
“We have got to guard people
better," Williams said. “I told the
guys the non-conference season
is over with and congratulated
them. There are not many teams
that I have coached that have
gone undefeated through non
“Now we have 15 straight ACC
games, and we have to get ready
The Tar Heels (1-0 in the ACC)
start that streak with North
Carolina State on Saturday.-
Lawson said he’s looking for
ward to the challenge.
“On the court obviously the
intensity is much higher every
thing’s much better in ACC play.
“I can’t wait for it."
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