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Heels 115, Silver Swords 70
Green has a career night in first round of Maui tourney

On his way to a career-high 26 points, UNC's Danny Green thrilled the crowd in Maui with highlight film dunk after dunk in leading the Tar Heels to a 115-70 drubbing of Chaminade in the first game of the Maui Invitational. (11/25)

Playing without Tyler Hansbrough, Carolina didn't miss a beat even though Green only played 22 minutes and point guard Ty Lawson only played 19 minutes. Lawson was at the delivering end of most of those Green jams as he dished out six assists to go with 19 points on a seven of nine shooting performance.

In addition to a talent advantage, the Heels had a distinct depth advantage as Chaminade only had seven available players.

The Heels roared out to a 25-9 lead midway through the opening half highlighted by a Wayne Ellington bucket on a nifty pass by freshman Larry Drew and three by Ellington quickly thereafter.

The Silver Swords ran off seven straight points to reduce the Heels' lead to just nine before Carolina went on a 14-3 run to end the half. In the last minute of the first half Lawson drove to the hoop for a pair of buckets to give UNC a 48-25 halftime lead.

UNC got the lead up to 35 at 74-39 on a Green dunk off a lob pass from Lawson. The lead got up to 44 before substitutes came in to play most of the last 10 minutes.

Carolina senior sub J.B. Tanner drained a three to put the Heels over the century mark at 101-54. Tanner played only six minutes but made all three shots and both free throws for nine points.

Ellington finished with 14 points while Deon Thompson had 13.

The tournament continues Tuesday night when the Tar Heels play Oregon.

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