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Hansbrough, No. 1 UNC stomp South Carolina State

Chapel Hill, NC (Sports Network) - Tyler Hansbrough scored 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds in just 20 minutes of game action, as top-ranked North Carolina rolled over South Carolina State, 110-64, in second-round action at the Las Vegas Invitational.

The first two rounds of this tournament -- played at designated campus venues -- have been kind to the preseason All-American candidate Hansbrough, giving him the opportunity to bolster his statistics while catching plenty of wind in the second half.

The forward scored 27 points in 26 minutes of action in Sunday's 107-72 pounding of Iona, then turned around with a 7-of-12 performance from the floor and a 12-of-14 effort from the charity stripe Tuesday. Wayne Ellington scored 19 points, Danny Green added 15 and Alex Stepheson donated 11 points and nine rebounds for the Tar Heels (3-0), who move on to the semifinals in Las Vegas.

"Tyler (Hansbrough) was impressive getting the ball and from the free throw line he was perfect," said North Carolina head coach Roy Williams. "We are more gifted than South Carolina State is and we are supposed to win. I was pleased with our intensity."

Everett Spencer led the Bulldogs (0-4) with 12 points while Carrio Bennett and Jessie Burton each scored 11. Junior center Chris Miller-Williams -- who scored 11 points in the club's last game against Jacksonville -- was held scoreless with two rebounds.

South Carolina State actually hit its first two three-pointers -- it made 7- of-11 on the night -- and built a brief 8-4 lead before the high-octane North Carolina attack took over.

Stepheson's layup capped nine points in a row for the 13-8 lead, and the Tar Heels never looked back. Back-to-back buckets from Ty Lawson and Ellington staked UNC to a 33-16 lead, and a three-point play by Lawson several minutes later pushed the edge to 53-27.

North Carolina led 61-34 at the half.

The second half became a mere formality as the Tar Heels ripped off eight straight points capped by Hansbrough's three-point play and Deon Thompson's layup for a 74-48 lead.

North Carolina cruised to the finish line from there.

Game Notes

Lawson finished with nine points and eight assists to just three turnovers. Deon Thompson added eight points as 11 Tar Heels scored in the rout...UNC shot 53.7 percent from the floor and caused 32 Bulldog turnovers...South Carolina State made just 40.4 percent of its shots.

11/21 01:00:27 ET

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UVA 27
UNC 28
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KAN 4
 
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MEM 48
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MINN 24
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RICE 41
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UNC 28
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AKR 21
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GASO 69
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OHIO 21
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UCLA 40
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KSU 3
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WAKE 17
BC 23
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BUF 14
CMICH 20
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FATL 16
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PITT 28
GT 56
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SMISS 20
LATU 31
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MSU 35
MICH 11
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KENT 31
MSST 45
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STAN 38
ORST 14
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TCU 82
TTU 27
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OKST 10
WVU 34
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WKENT 66
ODU 51
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UTST 34
UNLV 20
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MIZZ 24
VANDY 14
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UCF 34
TEMPL 14
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ARZ 59
 
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SYR 6
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TXST 22
 
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UTEP 34
 
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COLST 45
WYO 31
 
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LSU 10
MISS 7
 
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TENN 20
ALA 34
 
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AUB 42
SCAR 35
 
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PSU 14
OSU 17
 
2nd
UTAH 10
USC 7
 
1st
WASH 0
ARST 0
 
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SJS 1
BUF 2
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TOR 1
BOS 4
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NYI 7
DAL 5
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PHI 4
DET 2
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OTT 2
NJD 3
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MON 3
NYR 1
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STL 3
CHI 2
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NAS 0
PIT 3
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MIN 7
TAM 2
3rd
ARI 0
FLA 1
 
2nd
CAL 1
WAS 2
 
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14