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November 14, 2007

No. 1 North Carolina survives Davidson

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Top-ranked North Carolina avoided an early season upset.

Just barely.

Wayne Ellington scored 20 points and made key plays late to help the Tar Heels avoid a major scare and a subpar second half from Tyler Hansbrough to beat Davidson 72-68 on Wednesday night.

Trailing for much of the second half, North Carolina (1-0) closed the game strong. Ellington's free throw with 3:44 left put the Tar Heels ahead to stay. His jumper with just over a minute left made it a three-point game. Ty Lawson then hit three of four free throws in the final 30 seconds to preserve the win.

Hansbrough had 14 points and 14 rebounds, but he was ineffective in the second half and got into foul trouble.

Stephen Curry scored 24 points for Davidson (1-1), which nearly became the latest small school to knock off a major school.

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