No. 5 UNC Crushes Va. Tech
Hansbrough's 23 leads Tar Heels to easy win
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Feb 16, 2008 4:00 PM CST
North Carolina's Marcus Ginyard, left, and Virginia Tech's Hank Thorns reach for a loose ball during the second half of a college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008. North Carolina...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A banged up No. 5 North Carolina squad got exactly what it needed from Virginia Tech: not much resistance. Tyler Hansbrough scored 23 points and added nine rebounds as the Tar Heels cruised to a 92-53 ACC win over the reeling Hokies. North Carolina shot 50% from the floor and out-rebounded Tech 54-24.

The Hokies, who have lost three straight, hit just 7 of 17 shots in the first half en route to 43-23 deficit. The Tar Heels (24-2, 9-2) also got 19 points from Wayne Ellington to avenge last season's sweep by Tech. Hansbrough, was 11 of 12 from the free-throw line, and has scored at least 22 points in five straight games.