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Reason to celebrate: UNC gets 2,000th win

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Marcus Ginyard and Deon Thompson have seen plenty of success at North Carolina, from a national championship and two Final Fours to consecutive ACC tournament titles.

Now they have something new to celebrate even in their frustrating final season: the storied program's 2,000th victory.

Thompson scored 14 in his final home game and Ginyard had the first double double of his five-year career to help the Tar Heels hold off Miami 69-62 on Tuesday night, making them the second team in NCAA history to reach 2,000 wins.

Ginyard had 12 points and 12 rebounds as the Tar Heels (16-14, 5-10 ACC) won consecutive games for the first time in 2010.

"This shows we can win games," Thompson said. "It was pretty doubtful there for a while that we could be as good as we should have been. There's a lot better feeling around here, and we have to build on it."

Earning the milestone victory provided some sense of achievement for the defending national champions, who have struggled with injuries, youthful mistakes and unfulfilled expectations. They were just a few wins behind Kentucky to start the year, but the Wildcats reached 2,000 in December while the Tar Heels struggled.

No. 1 Syracuse 85, St. John's 66: Fifth-year seniors Andy Rautins and Arinze Onuaku combined for 35 points to lead the Orange (28-2, 15-2 Big East).

No. 6 Ohio St. 73, Illinois 57: Jon Diebler hit seven 3-pointers for 21 points for the host Buckeyes (24-7, 14-4), who earned at least a share of the Big Ten title.

No. 9 Villanova 77, Cincinnati 73: Scottie Reynolds scored all of his 17 in the second half for the visiting Wildcats (24-5, 13-4 Big East).

No. 18 Gonzaga 78, Cal State Bakersfield 59: Matt Bouldin scored 15 for the host Bulldogs (25-5), who shot 51 percent.

No. 21 Baylor 86, Texas Tech 68: Tweety Carter scored 18 for the visiting Bears (23-6, 10-5 Big 12), who earned their sixth win in seven games.

No. 24 UTEP 80, Marshall 76: Randy Culpepper scored 32 to lead the visiting Miners (23-5, 14-1), who clinched their first outright Conference USA title and have won 13 straight.

East Carolina 68, UCF 66: Jamar Abrams scored 17 of his 20 in the second half to lead the visiting Pirates. A.J. Tyler scored 16 for the Knights (13-16, 5-10 Conference USA).

Alabama: Forward JaMychal Green was suspended indefinitely for violating team rules. The sophomore is the second-leading scorer (14.8) and top rebounder (7.2) for the Crimson Tide, a possible opponent for Florida in the first round of next week's SEC tournament.

Oklahoma: Guard Willie Warren will have season-ending surgery on his right ankle today. The sophomore led the Sooners with 16.3 points a game.

Oregon State: Coach Craig Robinson, brother-in-law of President Barack Obama, agreed in principle to a two-year extension that will keep him on through the 2015-16 season.

Women

No. 15 Texas A&M 78, No. 11 Oklahoma 55: Tanisha Smith scored 19 for the host Aggies (21-7, 9-6 Big 12), and Danielle Robinson finished with 16 for the Sooners (20-9, 10-5).

ACC honors: Florida State's Chastity Clayton was named to the league's all-freshman team.

Fast facts

NCAA victories

North Carolina reached an exclusive milestone with its 2,000th win. The top three:

Kentucky 2,015

North Carolina 2,000

Kansas 1,997

Reason to celebrate: UNC gets 2,000th win 03/02/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 3, 2010 12:27am]
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