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MEN'S TOP 25 Tar Heels ride strong 2nd half



Published: Mon, February 14, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



North Carolina bounces back from tough loss to defeat Connecticut, 77-70.

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Rashad McCants and Raymond Felton had big second halves Sunday to help No. 2 North Carolina bounce back from a tough loss with a 77-70 victory against No. 19 Connecticut.

McCants had 11 of his 15 points in the second half for North Carolina, while Felton had 14 of his 16 points and seven of his 10 assists in the final 20 minutes.

The performances by the junior stars enabled the Tar Heels (20-3) to leave the court at the Hartford Civic Center smiling instead of the stunned looks they wore following the last-play breakdown in a 71-70 loss at No. 7 Duke on Wednesday night.

"Needless to say we feel a heck of a lot better than we did Wednesday night," North Carolina coach Roy Williams said.

"I talked a great deal about getting that bad taste out of my mouth. We did some nice things today."

The Tar Heels committed only four turnovers in the second half while forcing the Huskies into 13 of their 22.

Marcus Williams had a career-high 18 points for the Huskies (15-6), who had won three straight and four of five.

Oregon St. 90, No. 11 Washington 73

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- David Lucas scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half and finished with 10 rebounds to lead Oregon State (14-9, 6-6 Pac-10).

Brandon Roy scored 25 points for Washington (20-4, 10-3), which shot just 41.2 percent from the floor and shot just 4-for-27 from 3-point range.

The Huskies had their four-game winning streak halted,.

The Beavers (14-9, 6-6) haven't had as many victories since the 1991-92 season. Oregon State has won three in a row overall and raised its record at Gill Coliseum to 10-1.

Brandon Roy scored 25 points for Washington, which shot just 41.2 percent from the floor and shot just 4-for-27 from 3-point range.

Llamar Hurd's fast-break layup gave the Beavers an 89-73 lead with less than 2 minutes left, and the crowd was on its feet.

The ovation continued until fans spilled onto the court after the final buzzer.




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