This Tyler Hansbrough free throw gave him the ACC's all-time scoring record, putting him past Duke's J.J. Redick.
GREENSBORO – Even without injured point guard Ty Lawson, North Carolina had its fast break in high gear in the first half of its NCAA Tournament opener Thursday afternoon at the Greensboro Coliseum.
The No. 1-seeded Tar Heels raced to 53 first-half points and a 53-34 halftime lead against No. 16 seed Radford. North Carolina scored 12 fast-break points even though Lawson, the speedy catalyst for its running game, missed the half with an injured right toe.
Tyler Hansbrough, who broke J.J. Redick’s ACC career scoring record on the first of two free throws with 15:43 remaining in the first half, scored 14 first-half points and made three steals.
Guard Wayne Ellington shared the team lead with 14 points. Guard Kenny Thomas’ 10 points led Radford, but the Highlanders committed 12 turnovers that led to 15 North Carolina points.
- Ken Tysiac