Arizona Falls At North Carolina, 86-69
Jan. 28, 2006
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Tyler Hansbrough had 21 points and 11 rebounds, Wes Miller added 14 points on his 23rd birthday and North Carolina ruined Arizona's first trip to Chapel Hill with an 86-69 victory Saturday.
Reyshawn Terry and Danny Green each scored 13 points while point guard Bobby Frasor added nine assists with no turnovers for the Tar Heels (12-5), who won for only the second time in the past five games. They shot 57 percent from the field to tie the all-time series with the Wildcats 3-3.
Each of the previous five came at neutral sites, including the final game of Dean Smith's career in the 1997 NCAA tournament. That was the most recent meeting, and North Carolina makes a return visit to Arizona next season.
Mustafa Shakur led the Wildcats (13-7) with 18 points, and teammate Marcus Williams had 17. They had a three-game winning streak snapped in their most lopsided loss of the season.
Arizona's struggles began in the waning seconds of the first half, when holding for the final shot and trailing by five points. Adams missed badly and the ball went out of bounds to the Tar Heels with less than 2 seconds remaining.
North Carolina coach Roy Williams called a timeout, and he had David Noel throw the inbounds pass. It connected with Frasor about 30 feet from the basket, and his shot rattled in to make it 39-31 at the break. When Hansbrough opened the final 20 minutes with an easy layup, the margin was 10.
It grew from there, with nearly everyone contributing. Reyshawn Terry put back his own miss, Frasor drove down the lane and Danny Green made a pair of 3-pointers. Noel and Hansbrough worked inside to score, and Miller converted a turnover into a breakaway layup.
For Miller, who was starting for the third consecutive game, it was only his fourth basket from inside the arc this season. He also was 4-of-5 on 3-pointers, giving him at least two in six straight games.
Arizona led for the final time at 21-20 before Miller swished a 3, and five ties later, the Tar Heels moved in front for good on Hansbrough's tip-in. That came during a stretch when the Wildcats missed six of their final eight shots of the first half, and Frasor finished off the run with his desperation shot.