UNC moves to second round with pasting of Mount St. Mary's
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Tyler Hansbrough and Ty Lawson each scored 21 points as top-seeded North Carolina blasted Mount. St. Mary's, 113-74, in a first-round game out of the East Region in the NCAA Tournament.
Wayne Ellington tallied 16 points and Deon Thompson 15 for the Tar Heels (33-2), who won their 12th straight contest to advance to play Arkansas on Sunday. The Razorbacks beat Indiana, 86-72, on Friday. Alex Stepheson had 12 points and eight boards.
Not only was it the most points in a game this season for North Carolina, but the 113 was tied for the second-most for the Tar Heels in an NCAA Tournament game. The record is 123 against Loyola Marymount in a second-round contest in 1988.
The Tar Heels, trying to win the title for the second time in four years, moved to 22-1 in NCAA Tournament games played in the state of North Carolina, with the lone loss coming to Penn in Raleigh in 1979.
Chris Vann had 16 points and Jeremy Goode 15 for the Mountaineers (19-15), who had beaten Coppin State, 69-60, on Tuesday in the opening-round game for their first victory ever in the tourney. Jean Cajou chipped in 13 points and Kelly Beidler added 10 for Mount St. Mary's, the Northeast Conference title winners.
North Carolina used its size to an advantage with a 48-22 rebounding margin and a 60-22 difference of points in the paint.
"We all knew they were bigger than us. I mean, they are Carolina," Vann said. "So I felt we didn't get enough bodies on their players when they were trying to rebound, and that's how they came up with some rebounds and loose balls. If we would have put more bodies on players, that would have limited their rebounds."
Lawson had four of UNC's 11 steals, and the Tar Heels shot 60.6 percent from the field.
"The margin on the backboards and what Deon and Alex gave us inside that we haven't had recently was really a big plus for us, and in the second half, I thought we really played well," North Carolina coach Roy Williams said.
It was quick dribbling from end-to-end in the first half, as the Tar Heels built a 60-41 lead.
"We actually like when teams run with us, we practice like that every day, getting back on defense and then pushing us back," Lawson said. "It gives us a lot of opportunities to score on the break and that's the way we like to play. So we like it when people run with us."
Hansbrough jammed to start the game as the Tar Heels began on a 7-0 run. Sam Atupem's layup had the Mountaineers within 15-12, but UNC started to pull away by running off the next nine points. Hansbrough's jam capped the burst for a 24-12 difference with over 11 minutes left.
Goode's three-pointer had Mount St. Mary's within 41-33 inside of six minutes left in the half, but the Tar Heels came back with the next 11 points, culminated by a Thompson bucket with nearly three minutes remaining in the half.
Just like the start of the game, North Carolina surged at the start of the second with the first eight points and the rout was on. Thompson's layup moved the lead to 30 with 12 1/2 minutes left and then it was just a question if the Tar Heels would set their record for most points in an NCAA tourney game.
The Mountaineers shot 43.1 percent, including 7-of-22 from three-point range...Hansbrough went 9-of-13 from the floor.
03/21 23:58:09 ET