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Off the cuff: Not to worry, the injuries to Marcus Ginyard and now Dexter Strickland appear to be minor. Remembering what it was like when I played as a teen, games like this one - where lots of guys get to play lots of minutes - helps the team chemistry and comraderie.

It's disappointing that the Carolina radio network had so much trouble keeping up with the action. The game was not televised (the only UNC game not on national or regional TV this season) and that changes the timing. But they are professionals and should make accommodations for the new timing of breaks. Two key points to the game - if you can say that in a 39-point rout - were missed on radio. First, they missed Carolina scoring a couple of buckets to start the second half (in the first couple of minutes) and then they missed walk-on player Thomas Thornton sinking a three pointer to give the Heels 100 points. Anyone who has followed Carolina for years understands that rarely used players scoring and the team reaching 100 points are big deals, and they both happened on the same play, making it even more noteworthy. With no TV, it's even more important for radio to be there for the action. (The game was available on the Internet through Carolina's All-Access pay site.)

Coach Williams quickly turned and had some sharp words for someone in the stands who, according to Williams, was yelling something negative about a Carolina player. WRAL was on top of the situation. Links to info about the incident: Click here and here and here and here and for a Williams' apology here.

Heels 103, Blue Hose 64
UNC beats the hell out of Presbyterian

A short-handed North Carolina squad got out to a 16-1 lead before Presbyterian even scored a basket and went on to rout the Blue Hose 103-64. (12/12)

With Marcus Ginyard and Dexter Strickland sitting out with minor injuries, and Deon Thompson limited to 18 minutes because of tendonitis, a lot of Tar Heels got significant minutes. For instance, John Henson came off the bench to tally his first double-figure scoring game with 11 points and nine rebounds while reserve Justin Watts, who got his first start, got a career-high nine points.

However, Ed Davis led the way with 20 points and 10 rebounds. It was his fifth double-double of the season and eighth of his two-year UNC career. Thompson managed 19 points while Larry Drew II scored 12. Drew also dished out nine assists and turned the ball over only once.

A three pointer by Watts followed by a jumper by David Wear put Heels up 31-5 midway through the opening half. An old-fashioned three-point play by Tyler Zeller gave Carolina its largest lead of the first half at 51-12.

Up 56-21 at the half, the Tar Heels worked the lead up to 42 after Henson sank a three and Marc Campbell scored his first bucket of the season with a three to make it 74-32 just over seven minutes into the second half.

A David Wear follow shot gave Carolina its largest lead of the game at 93-46. Another seldom-used reserve Thomas Thornton drilled a three from the deep right corner as the Heels reached the century mark for the first time this season at 100-54.

"We had terrible practices Thursday and Friday. I challenged them to get more out of the game than they got out of practice this week and I think we did," Coach Roy Williams said. "We were much more active defensively in the first half."

Yet Carolina only committed two personal fouls in the entire first half.

Presbyterian, which falls to 2-8, was led by Chase Holmes' 29 points.

Ginyard and Strickland are expected to be back at full strength by the time the 8-2 Tar Heels travel to national power Texas Saturday the 19th.

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