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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Lawson plays, so do many other Heels

GREENSBORO, N.C. - North Carolina point guard Ty Lawson started and played 14 minutes in the first half with frequent breaks and only showed some flashes on his injured toe, but it didn't matter. The Tar Heels have many other players with healty big toes and led LSU 38-29 at halftime Saturday afternoon in the second round of the NCAA Tournament South Region.

Lawson had three assists and two points, while Tyler Hansbrough scored 12 points after some early struggles. Guard Wayne Ellington scored 11. UNC shot 16 for 31 in the first half for 51 percent, while LSU hit just 12 of 30 for 40 percent. LSU's Marcus Thornton struggled, hitting just 3 of 9 shots and 1 of 5 from 3-point range for seven points.

The Tigers did play well in spots, though, and were not intimidated. LSU led often in the early going, and after falling behind by 19-14 on a Hansbrough jumper with 9:37 to play in the half, the Tigers fought back to take a 20-19 lead on a long jumper by Chris Johnson. A rebound and putback by Quintin Thornton put LSU back up at 22-21, but North Carolina took over from there.

The Tar Heels went on an 8-0 run to take a 29-22 lead on a drive and lay-up by Lawson, and the crowd dominated by Carolina blue went wild and drowned out a small gathering of LSU fans supported by loud Duke fans in the arena before their game with Texas tonight.

North Carolina extended the lead to 10 at 36-26 on a layup and foul shout by Danny Green.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, well; on to LSU spring football. At least LSU competed w/ UNC for much of the game.

8:02 PM  

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