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3-pointers bury Bulldogs

With his eight assists and one turnover Sunday point guard Ty Lawson brought his season assist-to-turnover ratio to better than 5-to-1.

Danny Green didn't really notice where he was. All he knew was that Bobby Frasor had kicked the ball out to him and that he was open outside the arc just seconds after draining his third 3-pointer.

He didn't realize just how far outside the arc he was.

""I wasn't expecting to shoot that deep. That's just where I caught it" Green said. Bobby handed it of to me" and I happened to be that far.""

But when nobody came up to put a hand in his face"" Green said ""Why not?"" and launched another bomb from about six yards behind the arc.


While Green might have been unaware of his location" coach Roy Williams certainly wasn't and Williams threw a questioning look towards Green. The junior simply grinned and shrugged. Oh" well.

Green's six 3-point baskets and 18 points in the second half put an authoritative exclamation point on No. 1 North Carolina's 116-48 shellacking of UNC-Asheville (3-3) on Sunday.

""It's usually if you're open" you shoot it and knock it down" Green said. And hopefully you keep getting open and knocking them down.""

Green knocked so many of them down Sunday that his thumb needed ice after the game.

But Green wasn't the only Tar Heel making things rainy Sunday. UNC (7-0) splashed 14 bombs from beyond the arc" the most since 2005.

Ty Lawson contributed two to the 3-pointer total and all told logged 22 points eight assists" five steals and just one turnover — in only 21 minutes of action.

""I thought Ty was really dominating" but we took him out early Williams said. He just really set the tone of the whole game. I thought he was really" really something.""

But Lawson wasn't the only North Carolina point guard showcasing his ability to keep defenders at bay.

Freshman Larry Drew II played just 15 minutes but in that limited court time tallied six assists to only one turnover.

While one end of the court was raining" the other end was having a block party.

Ed Davis and Deon Thomson  combined for seven blocks after they were taken out early in the game for what Williams called a lack of focus.

The two long-limbed forwards not only swatted a few after their return but they also intimidated the smaller UNC-Asheville squad into many altered shots and off-balance mid-air adjustments.

The result was a dismal shooting performance from the Bulldogs (18-for-68 for just 26.5 percent). Thompson and Davis' presence also could be seen from the Bulldog's 12-for-33 shooting in the paint.

The game had a feeling of something missing since star forward Tyler Hansbrough sat out with a sore foot and supersized UNC-Asheville center Kenny George is missing the season after part of his foot was amputated due to a staph infection.

But since there would be no repeat of Hansbrough's visceral dunk over the 7-foot-7-inch George from last season's matchup (or George's over Hansbrough) Thompson and Davis managed to carry the load combining for 30 points and 19 boards.

The 68-point margin of victory is the third-largest in UNC history and the most ever in the Smith Center.

For the game UNC continued its hot shooting of late as Green's performance moves him to 13 of 21 from beyond the arc in the past three games and UNC has shot at a 50 percent clip for nine straight halves.

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