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UNC crushes FIU to open season

North Carolina's title defense didn't start as smoothly as last year's team finished.

But sans Tyler Hansbrough and plenty of other familiar faces from 2008, UNC showed it still has plenty of firepower in its 88-72 win against Florida International.

The Tar Heels were far from perfect. They committed 26 turnovers in the win and appeared out of sync at points offensively.

Deon Thompson scored 20 to pace UNC in scoring, and Ed Davis nabbed 11 rebounds.

Larry Drew dished out six assists to lead the Tar Heels.

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