Pictures: UNC 113, Mount St. Mary’s 74
Tyler Hansbrough and Ty Lawson each had 21 points Friday night to help the top-seeded Tar Heels cruise by Mount St. Mary’s 113-74 in the first round of the East Regional of the 2008 NCAA Basketball Tournament at the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C.
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March 21, 2008, Game 3, North Carolina vs. Mount St. Mary’s
North Carolina scored 60 first half points against Mount St. Mary’s. Those 60 points are the second most points in a regulation half this season (61 in the first half against South Carolina State on Nov. 18, 2007)
North Carolina went over 100 points in a NCAA Tournament game for the first time since 1993 (second round-UNC 112 , Rhode Island 67). Those 113 points are the tied for the second-most ever (113 vs. Penn in 1987) in an NCAA Tournament game by the Tar Heels. The most points ever scored in a NCAA Tournament game by North Carolina came against Loyola Marymount in 1988 (123 points).
UNC out-rebounded the Mountaineers by a 48-22 margin this evening. That is the largest rebound margin in a NCAA Tournament game by the Tar Heels (previous best was +25 against Missouri in 2000). It is the 29th time in its last 30 games that the Tar Heels have out-rebounded their opponent. The only exception came on March 14 when Florida State and North Carolina had 30 rebounds apiece.
North Carolina is now 6-1 in NCAA Tournament games in Raleigh. The only loss came against Penn (72-71) in the 1979 East Regional second round.
North Carolina is now 19-0 in games played away from Chapel Hill this season (13-0 in road games, 6-0 in neutral site contests).
UNC is now 22-1 in NCAA Tournament games played in the state of North Carolina (7-0 in Charlotte, 3-0 in Greensboro, 6-1 in Raleigh and 6-0 in Winston-Salem.
Junior forward Tyler Hansbrough scored 21 points in the win over Mt. St. Mary’s. It is the 56th time (out of 104 career game) that Hansbrough has scored 20 or more points. He has reached double figures in 98 of 104 career contests.
Sophomore forward Deon Thompson totaled nine first half points against Mount St. Mary’s. Thompson had only eight points in three ACC Tournament games (5 vs. Florida State, 0 vs. Virginia Tech, 3 vs. Clemson).
Sophomore guard Ty Lawson tallied 21 points against Mount St. Mary’s, his fourth 20-point game of the season and the sixth of his career. All six 20-point games have come away from the Dean Smith Center. It is the most points scored by Lawson since he scored 23 at Miami on Jan. 23. The 21 points are the most scored by Lawson since he returned from an ankle injury at Florida State that forced him to miss six games.
Sophomore forward Alex Stephenson scored a career-high 12 points, besting his previous high of 11 (on two occasions).
North Carolina has now won seven consecutive games in the month of March. The 1957 squad won nine in a row in March en route to the national title. The 1982 and 1987 squads won eight straight in March. The 2008 team joins the 1981, 1991, 1998 and 2007 squads who each won seven consecutive games in March.
The Tar Heels have won at least one game in 25 of their last 26 NCAA Tournament (Carolina lost in the first round of the 1999 NCAA Tournament to Weber State).
North Carolina Head Coach Roy Williams has had at least one win in the NCAA Tournament for 19 consecutive years, a NCAA Tournament record. The previous best was 17 by UNC’s Dean Smith.Mount St. Mary’s
Mount St. Mary’s falls to 1-3 in its third NCAA Tournament appearance. In the process, the Mount had its six-game winning streak snapped in the loss to North Carolina.
MSM has been a No. 16 seed in all three appearances in the NCAA Tournament.
MSM last gave up 100 points in the 2001-02 season when the club lost 102-70 to Wagner (2/2/02).
Chris Vann and Jeremy Good each posted their 26th double-figure scoring game of the season.
MSM falls to 1-13 when trailing at halftime and is now 0-7 when its opponent shoots at least 50.0 percent from the field.