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Freshman goes nuts for UNC

Tyler Hansbrough didn't get much scoring help from his North Carolina teammates as they rallied from a 20-point deficit against Georgia Tech.

The way the freshman was playing, it didn't matter.

Hansbrough set the Smith Center record with 40 points Wednesday night to lead the 23rd-ranked Tar Heels past Georgia Tech 82-75, helping them win for the fifth time in six games.

Hansbrough also set the ACC's freshman scoring record in a determined effort for the Tar Heels (16-6, 7-4).

"The big fella was unbelievable," coach Roy Williams said.

"Just watching him out there tonight was something special," fellow freshman Bobby Frasor said.

Hansbrough broke the program's freshman mark of 31 points shared by Walter Davis, Mike O'Koren, J.R. Reid and Antawn Jamison. He also broke Joseph Forte's arena record of 38 points set against Tulsa in 2000-01.

"I didn't even know I had that many points," Hansbrough said. "When you look at all the great players that have played here, it's something down the line I'll talk about when I'm done playing basketball."


STETSON 62, SAVANNAH ST. 53: E.J. Gordon had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and the visiting Hatters (8-17) rallied late.

HOUSTON 78, UCF 71: Lanny Smith had 25 points, and the visiting Cougars (17-6, 7-3 C-USA) made 12 three-pointers to four for the Golden Knights.

TAMPA 87, ROLLINS 81: Shane Thorson scored a career-high 19 to lead the visiting Spartans (17-7, 8-5 Sunshine State).

ECKERD 68, FLA. TECH 66: Andre King-Holland had 15 points, and the host Tritons (17-7, 7-6 SSC) shot 60 percent from the floor in the second half to snap a four-game losing streak.