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Hansbrough, North Carolina blow away Florida State

Jan 8, 2007 - 4:14 AM CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Tyler Hansbrough and North Carolina made their best case for being No. 1.

Hansbrough scored 25 points and hauled down 13 rebounds as No. 2 North Carolina posted an 84-58 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over Florida State.

Brandan Wright scored 20 points and Reyshawn Terry and reserve Danny Green each collected seven boards for the Tar Heels (14-1, 1-0 ACC), who should vault to the top of the polls after top-ranked UCLA absorbed its first loss at No. 17 Oregon, 68-66, on Saturday.

After leading 36-30 at halftime, North Carolina outscored Florida State, 48-28, in the second half to run away with its fifth straight win in the series.

"It was a great night for us, particularly in the second half," North Carolina coach Roy Williams said. "I think to play an up-and-down style, to score 48 points in the second half and only have four turnovers, you've got to be extremely pleased with that."

Hansbrough, who had just five points on 2-of-5 shooting in the first half, netted 20 after halftime, finishing 8-of-12 from the floor.

"I just felt like in the second half things were going well for me," Hansbrough said. "I got in a groove and just kept going at it aggressively."

It was the seventh time this season that the burly sophomore has posted 20 or more points in a contest.

"Tyler is just relentless," North Carolina guard Marcus Ginyard said. "He just got that fire in his eyes and we got our offense going through him and he just turned it on."

Wright, a 6-9 freshman, went 9-of-13 from the field for UNC, which shot 53 percent (33-of-70).

"We know what to do, get the ball inside," Wright said. "I think that's the strength of our team. The Florida State guys were doing a really good job fronting us early on, but I think I scored all of my points in the paint."

Al Thornton scored 29 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Seminoles (12-4, 0-2), who have lost two straight following an eight-game winning streak.

"First half I thought we managed to keep the game within reach," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. "The second half I thought North Carolina did a very good job of getting the ball to Hansbrough and Wright and we really didn't have an answer for them."

Jason Rich added 10 points for Florida State, which shot just 34 percent (22-of-64) and fell to 1-4 vs. ranked opponents this season.

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    FLORIDA ST 30 28 58
    NORTH CAROLINA (2) 36 48 84 FINAL

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