Thursday, March 19, 2009

Lawson out, UNC up 12 early

GREENSBORO – With starting point guard Ty Lawson on the bench Thursday afternoon, North Carolina struggled for about seven minutes before moving out to a double-digit lead on Radford in a first-round NCAA Tournament game at the Greensboro Coliseum.

No. 1 seed North Carolina led just 17-14 early but used 10 points from Wayne Ellington and eight from Tyler Hansbrough to lead 34-22 with 6:46 remaining in the first half.

Radford, the No. 16 seed, has gotten eight points from guard Amir Johnson.

Hansbrough broke the ACC career scoring record on the first of two free throws with 15:43 remaining in the first half.

Duke’s J.J. Redick set the previous record from 2002 to 2006.

Lawson, who was doubtful for Thursday’s game, has an injured right big toe. He missed the entire ACC Tournament with the injury.