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Off the cuff: After the Marshall game, there are just three more nonconference games before ACC play begins... and Coach Williams is still tinkering with his lineup and playing time.

David Wear got a start over Will Graves. Wear played fine but it must have awakened Graves who had perhaps his best all-around game as a Tar Heel.

While conventional wisdom dictates an eight-man rotation, Coach Williams said he wouldn't hesitate to play nine or maybe even 10 players regularly. You have to figure that, if Graves starts again, the first players off the bench will be Zeller, Strickland, D. Wear and either Henson or T. Wear. By the way, Zeller is probably the best sixth man in the league.

Tar Heels 98, Marshall 61
Dominating 2nd half rights UNC's ship

After looking bad at times against Texas, North Carolina rebounded with a dominating second half - featuring runs of 18-0 and 16-0 - to whip Marshall 98-61 at home. (12/22)

It was just a five-point game early in the second half when the Tar Heels went on an 18-0 run over five minutes to take a 62-39 lead with 14 minutes left in the game. An Ed Davis dunk follow, a Marcus Ginyard baseline drive and a Tyler Zeller half hook highlighted the run.

Another Zeller hook, this one from the baseline, gave Carolina its largest lead of the game at 89-52 with less than five minutes to play.

The Tar Heels, who shot just 39 percent in the first half, shot 59 percent in the second half. Carolina also went seven of 11 from the three-point line.

Will Graves, who for the first time this season did not start the game, sank three of those threes and provided a lift off the bench. In fact, he recorded the first double-double of his career as he scored 13 points and hauled in 10 rebounds.

Davis led five UNC players in double figures with 19 points while Zeller tied a career-high with 18 points and Deon Thompson and Marcus Ginyard added 14.

UNC coach Roy Williams said the Tar Heels were tight at the first of the game, falling behind 21-17 with 12 minutes gone. Carolina came back and got its largest lead of the first half with two seconds left when Graves drilled a three.

Four quick points by Marshall to start the second half cut the margin to five before the Tar Heels took control on both ends.

The Tar Heels, who advance to 9-3, play at home Monday against Rutgers.

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