Heels Top Wreckers

NASSAU, Bahamas – As the daily afternoon showers commenced and North Carolina prepared to board its chartered flight back to RDU, the Tar Heels could relax in knowing they showed significant signs of improvement in between the two weekend exhibitions, which wrapped up with a 106-85 win over Y Cares Wreckers on Sunday at the Sir Kendal Isaacs Gynasium.

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    Reyshawn Terry's game-high 27 points paced six UNC players in double figures and the Tar Heels sliced their 38-turnover total from Saturday down to 16.

    Terry, who also blocked four shots, was 10-of-20 shooting (3-of-5 3pt.) including several rim-rattling slams, again demonstrating his desire to become this year's "go-to-guy" in his upcoming junior season.

    Tyler Hansbrough was 11-of-13 from the free throw line en route to a relentless and physical 21-point performance. He also brandished a hook shot that fans are certainly to enjoy during his UNC tenure.

    David Noel chipped in 17 with some highlight reel dunks of his own.

    Wes Miller followed up his quality scoring performance on Saturday with 14, while Byron Sanders and Michael Copeland each had 12.

    The senior Sanders, who got off to a slow start on Saturday, got busy early in this one and will likely see as much or more action than when he was a part-time starter as a freshman.

    "I just feel a lot more experienced because I've been around the college game a lot longer," Sanders said. "I've got to shake off the nerves and play. I've got to be a player."

    Quentin Thomas scored just three points but dished out seven assists against just one turnover. For the weekend, Thomas' assist to turnover ration was an impressive 15 to 3.

    Thomas said the biggest thing he's learned since last season is getting a feel for game tempo.

    "Sometimes you can sense something that really isn't there," he said. "I've learned to get a better feel for my teammates better, not try to do too much and just make the easy play."

    And anyone who thought Copeland's recruitment was only to serve as a band-aid to help stop the bleeding of last spring's unequaled loss of personnel to graduation and early NBA departure was sorely mistaken. While he's still out of game shape and knows little about the UNC offense, Copeland is clearly going to bring an inside presence the Tar Heels will need this season.

    "The biggest thing is this helps Michael Copeland feel a little more about what it is," UNC coach Roy Williams said. "It shows how bad of shape we are in, and hopefully it will show them the value of the preseason conditioning program. I think we did some things to help our team chemistry for all the freshmen, but mostly for Michael because he wasn't here in summer school."

    Facing a visibly older and bigger opponent than the day before, Carolina took a little longer building its biggest first half lead of 20 points. But although seemingly better organized, the Wreckers didn't appear as well-conditioned as the Shockers.

    Y Cares did manage to get within 72-63 with 1:23 left in the third period, but had no answer for the quicker Tar Heels, especially the athleticism of Noel and Terry.

    Hansbrough's old-fashioned three-pointer with 1:50 remaining insured Carolina would reach the century mark for the second straight game.

    "They were bigger and we were a little sore from yesterday," Williams said. "Bobby [Frasor's] shoulder was hurting him and Danny [Green] (thigh bruise) didn't play, so we had to move some people around and we had foul trouble."

    Terry 27 PTS 10-20 FG 3-5 3FG 4-7 FT 8(3) REB(OFF) 0 A 3 TO 4 BLK 4 STL 21 MP
    Noel 17 6-11 0-1 5-8 8(2) 3 2 0 3 31
    Sanders 12 4-11 0-0 4-8 6(2) 0 3 0 0 23
    Thomas 3 1-3 0-0 1-2 8(2) 7 1 1 2 32
    Miller 14 5-14 4-10 0-0 3(2) 3 0 0 2 32
    Frasor 0 0-2 0-1 0-0 1(0) 1 2 0 0 15
    Grant 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 3(0) 0 0 0 0 11
    Copeland 12 4-7 0-1 4-6 5(2) 2 4 2 1 13
    Hansbrough 21 5-9 0-0 11-13 3(1) 1 1 1 0 21
    Green DNP
    Ginyard DNP
    TOTAL 106 35-77 45% 7-18 39% 29-44 66% 45(14) 17 16 8 12 200

    Score by Quarters
    UNC 34 20 22 30 - 106
    Wreckers 19 18 26 22 – 85

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