Tar Heels leave USC stuck in mud

Posted: Monday, November 29, 2004

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. North Carolina sure made Southern California look like the tired team.

Playing their fifth game in eight days, the 11th-ranked Tar Heels got 23 points from Jawad Williams and another 17 from Sean May to beat the Trojans 97-65 Sunday night.

Raymond Felton added 12 assists for North Carolina (4-1), which won the Maui Invitational in convincing fashion last week, outscoring its opponents by an average of 21 points. An all-night plane ride got the players back to campus late Friday, and they practiced almost immediately.

Another workout followed on Saturday, then the Tar Heels quickly went to work on USC (1-1).

The score was tied only at 2, and Jackie Manuel's jumper gave North Carolina the lead for good. It reached double figures on a 3-pointer by Rashad McCants about 6 1/2 minutes into the first half, and May's free throw made it a 20-point margin with about 5 minutes left.

That was part of a 22-5 run to close the opening 20 minutes, and the Trojans never recovered. This wasn't quite the homecoming coach Henry Bibby wanted he grew up in tiny Franklinton, N.C., about 30 miles from Chapel Hill.

Jeff McMillan scored 10 points for USC, which fell to 0-7 all-time against North Carolina.

Scoring never was a problem for the Tar Heels, who returned the Atlantic Coast Conference's top scorer (McCants), top rebounder (May) and assist man (Felton) for coach Roy Williams' second season. This was their third straight game with at least 90 points.

Their play on the other end of the court has been the focus, and so far, North Carolina appears better. The Trojans shot only 35 percent and had 28 turnovers, including 16 in the first half.

The change was apparent during the decisive spurt in the first half. USC shot 2-for-10 in the final 7 1/2 minutes, including a block by the 6-foot-4 McCants on the 6-11 Rory O'Neil. That started a highlight-reel fastbreak, with McCants whirling around Derrick Craven and passing to Felton, who lobbed the ball to Jawad Williams for a powerful dunk.

At that point, the Tar Heels led 56-25 their first 30-point lead of the game and the second half essentially was garbage time.

Women's Top 25

No. 1 Tennessee 52, Temple 48

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Shanna Zolman scored five of her 10 points in the final minutes and Shyra Ely made two free throws with 11.9 seconds left, helping top-ranked Tennessee beat Temple 52-48 Sunday.

Cynthia Jordan led Temple with 14 points and Ari Moore scored 13.

No. 3 Georgia 87, Santa Clara 68

HONOLULU, Hawaii Georgia erased the disappointment of the previous day with a big victory over Santa Clara.

Cori Chambers and Tasha Humphrey had 18 points apiece to lead the No. 3 Lady Bulldogs to an 87-68 win in the third place game of the Rainbow Wahine Classic on Sunday.

UCLA 63, No. 4 Texas 60

LOS ANGELES Three days after beating the top team in the nation, Texas couldn't protect a 17-point lead against a nonconference opponent.

No. 5 North Carolina 84, UNLV 76

LAS VEGAS Ivory Latta made sure North Carolina's early double-digit lead stood up.

The sophomore point guard had 28 points and seven assists and the No. 5 Tar Heels outlasted UNLV for an 84-76 victory in the title game of the Lady Rebel Shootout.

No. 7 Stanford 61, No. 12 Texas Tech 58

SANTA CLARA, Calif. Brooke Smith had 22 points and Candice Wiggins scored the go-ahead basket with 1:34 left for Stanford.

T'Nae Thiel got a steal and made both free throws in the final seconds to lift Stanford (5-0). Kelley Suminski had 13 points and Wiggins added 11. Thiel finished with eight points and eight rebounds.

No. 11 Ohio St. 86, Bradley 52

COLUMBUS, Ohio Jessica Davenport scored 19 points and Caity Matter added 13 to help Ohio State win the Buckeye Classic championship.

Ohio State (5-1) used a 19-2 run early in the second half and shot 63 percent from the field.

TCU 80, No. 13 Michigan St. 75

HONOLULU, Hawaii Unranked Texas Christian outscored No. 13 Michigan State 44-35 in the second half to win championship game of the the Rainbow Wahine Classic.

No. 18 Minnesota 79, Creighton 71

OMAHA, Neb. Liz Podominick scored 20 points and Janel McCarville had 14 for Minnesota.

Jamie Broback added 14 points and Kelly Roysland and April Calhoun had 10 apiece for the Golden Gophers (4-1), who built a 24-point lead.

No. 23 Louisiana Tech 67, Arkansas St. 50

RUSTON, La. Shan Moore had 14 points and eight rebounds to lead Louisiana Tech.

No. 24 Villanova 59, TX Arlington 53

LAS VEGAS Jackie Adamshick scored a game-high 25 points to lead No. 24 Villanova past Texas-Arlington 59-53 Sunday in the consolation game of the Lady Rebel Shootout.

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