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MENS TOP 25 Tar Heels topple N.C. State



Published: Fri, February 4, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



No. 2 North Carolina gets balanced scoring in 95-71 ACC victory.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina got only six points from leading scorer Jawad Williams, the first time this season he failed to reach double figures.

On a team with incredible balance, it hardly mattered.

Freshman Marvin Williams had a season-high 20 points, Rashad McCants scored 18 and Sean May had another double-double, helping the second-ranked Tar Heels beat North Carolina State 95-71 on Thursday night.

Raymond Felton reached 1,000 career points and added 10 assists for North Carolina (18-2, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), which has won 18 of its past 19 games. May finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds to make up for Jawad Williams finishing 10 points under his season average.

The Tar Heels improved to 11-0 at home with a familiar formula -- jump to an early lead, then close it with a dominant run early in the second half. This time, they shot 66 percent and led 51-32 at halftime, with McCants, May and Marvin Williams already in double figures.

Julius Hodge had 18 points but couldn't keep the Wolfpack (13-8, 3-5) from falling to 3-7 in their past 10 games. Point guard Tony Bethel played 35 minutes and scored 16 points.

No. 17 Gonzaga 68, Saint Mary's 63

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Derek Raivio and Adam Morrison each scored 19 points and the Bulldogs held Saint Mary's to two field goals over the final 12 minutes.

Gonzaga (16-4, 6-2) avenged an earlier loss to Saint Mary's and climbed into a tie for first place in the West Coast Conference with the Gaels.

E.J. Rowland had 18 points for Saint Mary's (19-6, 6-2), which was trying to become the first WCC team to beat Gonzaga twice in a season since San Diego in 1997.

Gonzaga is 33-0 at home when ranked and the Bulldogs have won 21 straight home games.




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