Winners:North Carolina, Duke, N.C. State, Charlotte Bobcats?

Posted by Andy Durham on January 10, 2008 at 11:30 am under College, Professional | Comments are off for this article

It was a wild night in college basketball last night but the craziest game of all may have been the Charlotte Bobcats beating the Boston Celtics at Boston.

#1 North Carolina Tar Heels over UNC-Asheville 93-81.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – Tyler Hansbrough stormed down the lane with that familiar, focused “Psycho T” look in his eye. Nobody was going to stop him — not even the tallest player in college basketball.

Hansbrough scored 23 points and started top-ranked North Carolina’s decisive rally with a momentum-shifting dunk over 7-foot-7 Kenny George in a 93-81 victory over North Carolina-Asheville on Wednesday night.

“Everybody on the team is like, ‘Who’s going to try to dunk (on George)?”‘ Hansbrough said. “It definitely was in the back of my mind.”

Wayne Ellington scored 19 points, Ty Lawson had 17 and reserve Danny Green had 12 of his 14 in the first half for North Carolina (16-0), which never trailed in completing its first perfect nonconference regular season since 1998 and just its fifth in 50 years.

“The nonconference schedule’s over with now — congratulations,” North Carolina coach Roy Williams said. “Now we’ve got 15 straight (Atlantic Coast Conference) games where we’ve got to raise the level of our play.”

Bryan Smithson had 25 points and K.J. Garland(Greensboro Day School) added 16 for UNC-Asheville (11-4), which had its three-game winning streak snapped. Many of George’s 14 points came on feet-on-the-ground dunks and layups.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Taylor King scored 15 points to lead No. 9 Duke past Temple 74-64 on Wednesday night and help Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski earn his 787th victory and move into sixth place on the career wins list.

Krzyzewski, the third winningest active coach, improved his career record to 787-262 and broke a tie with Lefty Driesell. Next is San Francisco’s Eddie Sutton with 798 career wins.

DeMarcus Nelson and Greg Paulus each scored 13 points and helped the Blue Devils (12-1) beat Temple for the eighth straight time.

The Blue Devils appeared on their way to another easy non-conference victory until a surprising 8-minute scoreless drought in the second half that sliced a 19-point lead down to eight.

Kyle Singler snapped the skid with two free throws and Gerald Henderson, a Philly high school standout, followed with a dunk to break Duke out of its funk and it cruised from there.

RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State coach Sidney Lowe got just what he wanted in the Wolfpack’s final non-conference game of the season: a comfortable lead from start to finish.

The Wolfpack (11-3) never trailed Wednesday night in a 54-29 victory over North Carolina Central at the RBC Center, earning its seventh consecutive win by holding the Eagles to just 20 percent shooting from the field for the game.

Sophomore Brandon Costner led the way with 18 points and seven rebounds, while freshman J.J. Hickson added 13 points and eight rebounds. As a team, however, the Wolfpack struggled to put points on the board, hitting just 36.4 percent of its shots overall and making just four of 21 attempts from 3-point range.

That doesn’t so much worry Lowe, whose team led 27-18 at the half. That lead was never in jeopardy, even as the Wolfpack went more than eight minutes in the second half without a field goal.

BOSTON (AP) – Hardly anyone except for maybe Charlotte’s Jason Richardson could have seen this coming.

The Boston Celtics were rolling at home and the Bobcats were miserable on the road.
Richardson had 34 points and nine rebounds, Gerald Wallace had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and the Bobcats stunned the Celtics 95-83 for just their fourth loss of the season on Wednesday night.(Celtics had a nine-game winning streak going)

“I’m not surprised because we’re a pretty good team,” Richardson said. “It just doesn’t show in our record.”

And it really didn’t when they played on the road.

The Bobcats, who entered with an Eastern Conference-worst 1-11 road mark, also got 16 points and eight assists from Raymond Felton. But it was Richardson, who went 14-for-22 from the floor, that hurt the Celtics most.

“Jason Richardson was fantastic, just tremendous,” Boston coach Doc Rivers said.
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