Hansbrough, North Carolina roll over Santa BarbaraDec 22, 2007 - 11:01 PM CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Tyler Hansbrough and North Carolina had very few issues with a much-improved UC Santa Barbara squad.
Hansbrough scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the top-ranked Tar Heels rolled to a 105-70 victory over the Gauchos on Saturday.
UC Santa Barbara (10-2) had been on an eight-game winning streak and was off to the second-best start in school history. It was the school's longest winning streak since a 12-game run during the 1988-89 season.
That hardly mattered against Hansbrough and the Tar Heels, who shot 57 percent (44-of-77) from the field and ripped down 57 rebounds en route to going over 100 points for the fourth time this season.
"We are very very pleased with what we did," UNC coach Roy Williams said. "I think for everybody to go home and feel good about their season so far.
"For us to get 57 (rebounds) and outrebound 57 to 30, I think that shows that it was a very very good basketball game for us. It was a good day for the Tar Heels."
Ty Lawson, who finished with 15 points and six assists, had two baskets as North Carolina (11-0) raced out to a 13-2 lead over the opening five minutes.
The Gauchos were within 36-26 after a layup by James Powell with just over five minutes remaining before the Tar Heels ripped off a 16-6 run before the half for a 52-32 lead. Six different North Carolina players had a basket during the spurt.
"The Tar Heels were everything we expected and more, but it's just amazing how quickly they get that ball up the floor," Santa Barbara coach Bob Williams said. "They exposed us in a lot of ways. In areas that we have breakdowns, they would expose to a pretty high level."
Overall, the Tar Heels had five players in double figures, with Marcus Ginyard and Wayne Ellington scoring 17 points apiece. Deon Thompson added seven points and 12 boards for North Carolina.
Ginyard finished with a career high in points, shooting 8-of-10 from the field and grabbing five rebounds.
The junior swingman entered the game averaging 7.3 points on 39 percent shooting, but Roy Williams does not worry that much about Ginyard's contributions on the offensive end.
"His numbers don't look good offensively, but I know what his value is to us defensively and what his value to our team is," the coach said. "Marcus's biggest value is defensively, getting offensive rebounds, doing all the little things, making the extra pass, he did that a couple of times today."
Danny Green added 11 points and six rebounds for the Tar Heels, who struggled with 3-point shooting (3-of-16) and free throws (14-of-24).
Powell and Alex Harris had 17 points apiece for Santa Barbara, which shot 36 percent (28-of-78).
"I was not pleased with anybody's play," Bob Williams said. "The discipline wasn't there and the commitment wasn't there. It just gives us a lot of good areas to work on."
The Gauchos entered the matchup shooting 45 percent from the field and averaging 72.3 points a game.
"To hold a shooting team that shoots as well as they do to 36 percent is something that we talk about all the time," Roy Williams said.
- NCAA BB
FINAL 1ST 2ND TOTAL
--- --- -----
UC SNTA BARBARA 32 38 70
NORTH CAROLINA (1) 52 53 105 FINAL
Dec 22 2:53 PM
- NCAA BB
UC SNTA BARBARA 32
(1) NORTH CAROLINA 52 HALFTIME
Dec 22 1:56 PM
- Justin Jackson withdraws from draft, will return to UNC May 16
- UNC's Meeks back for senior year after NBA draft flirtation May 4
- UNC: Jackson, Meeks declare for NBA but not hiring agent Apr 22
- Attorney: NCAA also deserves blame in UNC fraud scandal Apr 19
- UNC's Williams aims to coach Tar Heels another 5-9 years Apr 12
- UNC reserve Kenny Williams III recovering from knee surgery Apr 7
- Tar Heels begin moving forward after falling short of title Apr 5
- UNC's Berry on crutches with foot injury after Final Four Apr 5
- Williams and Tar Heels stunned by last-second loss to 'Nova Apr 5
- UNC, Syracuse vastly different but familiar Final Four foes Apr 2
- Double-digit not Cinderella for Syracuse; UNC last No. 1 Mar 31
- Paige's shot returns in time for Tar Heels' Final Four run Mar 29