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Heels keep their hot hands

Associated Press
Published December 8, 2003

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Sean May is scoring, Raymond Felton is working the ball and North Carolina is off and running under Roy Williams.

May scored 11 of his career-high 26 in the first 51/2 minutes of the second half and the Tar Heels shot 61 percent in a 115-81 victory over George Mason on Sunday.

The No. 10 Tar Heels remained one of five undefeated Atlantic Coast Conference teams in notching their first 100-point game under Williams. It was their most points since they scored 129 against Virginia Military in 1994.

"I feel comfortable with the kids and the junior class has had a tough two years," Williams said. "I'm hoping they are enjoying this success and I'm hoping it makes them more hungry to have more success."

But Williams, who has been to the past two Final Fours with Kansas, laughed off a question about a national championship run.

"Just thinking about a question that has Final Four and my team in it shouldn't be in the same dictionary," Williams said. "We're not, we're just not. We're on the edge. If a couple of guys go down our team changes drastically.

"We're a long way away. I've coached a few games here. I didn't just get this gray hair from walking in the gym today."

May, who had 23 points and 14 rebounds against Illinois in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday, was strong again, shooting 10-of-12 from the field.

"We had no chance of stopping him individually and we tried to give help in there, but it was too little help and too late," George Mason coach Jim Larranaga said.

NO. 17 GONZAGA 96, GW 91: Ronny Turiaf matched his career high with 29 points, and the Bulldogs' inside game was too much for the Colonials in the championship game of the BB&T Classic in Washington.

Gonzaga took control of a close game early in the second half with a series of power moves and dunks that simply outmuscled smaller George Washington.

W.VA. 78, MARYLAND 77 (OT): The Mountaineers tied a school record with 13 3-pointers, the last one putting them ahead for good in overtime in the consolation game of the BB&T Classic.

West Virginia blew a 16-point lead by scoring five in the final 13:38 of regulation. Maryland's Chris McCray made a free throw with 16 seconds left in regulation to force overtime.

N.C. STATE 77, WIS.-MILWAUKEE 71: Marcus Melvin had career highs of 27 points and 13 rebounds, leading the host Wolfpack. Melvin, who had seven points in a loss at Michigan five days earlier, shot 10-of-18 from the field before fouling out late.

AUBURN 68, AIR FORCE 49: Marco Killingsworth scored 17 and Ian Young 16, and the host Tigers rode a 38-11 rebounding advantage against the undersized Falcons.

Auburn has won its past five by an average of 27 points. Young and Killingsworth both shot 6-of-8 from the floor as the Tigers shot 59.5 percent against Air Force's normally stingy defense, which went in allowing 44 points per game.

C-USA

LOUISVILLE 56, HOLY CROSS 40: Francisco Garcia scored 24 as the host Cardinals recovered from a sluggish first half. Louisville set a school record with 18 blocks, led by Kendall Dartez's nine.

DePAUL 77, BRADLEY 74: Delonte Holland scored 22 and Andre Brown had 14 points and 14 rebounds as the host Blue Demons overcame a 20-point deficit.

Nation

PRINCETON 72, FRESNO ST. 67: Judson Wallace scored 26 as the Tigers used their methodical halfcourt offense to hand the Bulldogs their first loss in the McCaffrey Classic, their host tournament, since 1995.

Late Saturday

CENTRAL MICH. 69, NO. 23 NOTRE DAME 68: Joe Carr hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key just before the buzzer to lift the visiting Chippewas.

After Chris Quinn and Jordan Cornette made a free throw each to put Notre Dame up 68-66, Carr dribbled up the court and hit his first 3-pointer of the game.

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