Men's basketball

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Tar Heels off to good start

North Carolina is leading 53-38 at the end of the half, benefitting from 14 Gardner-Webb turnovers. The Tar Heels shot 54.8 percent in the first half, making 23 of 42 shots.UNC's free throw woes continue to haunt them, as the Tar Heels were seven of 13 from the charity stripe.

Senior guard Marcus Ginyard expresses frustration during UNC's 87-71 loss in Madison Square Garden. DTH/Andrew Johnson

Syracuse owns second half in 87-71 win over Tar Heels

NEW YORK — In the second half of the 2K Sports Classic Championship game, Marcus Ginyard needed a moment.North Carolina’s senior wing took a hard shot to the side from a Syracuse player with about 16 minutes to play. During the next timeout, he crouched on the floor in pain and was subbed out.

Syracuse’s strength and size overpowers Carolina

NEW YORK — With five North Carolina players who stand at least 6 feet 10 inches, there are very few teams in the nation that can make the Tar Heels look as small as Syracuse did Friday night.But the Orange didn’t do so with length. They dominated the paint with brute force.

Syracuse forward Wesley Johnson shoots against UNC's Ed Davis and Tyler Zeller.

Syracuse upsets UNC to win 2K Sports Classic

Behind a 20-1 run to start the second half, Syracuse beat North Carolina 87-71 to win the 2K Sports Classic in Madison Square Garden.Tournament MVP Wes Johnson scored 25 points and hit four 3-pointers to lead the Orange. Four of his teammates also reached double figures.

UNC leads Syracuse 39-37 at half

As the first half of No. 6 North Carolina's up-and-down contest with Syracuse drew to a close, the Tar Heels had a plan.With time ticking of the clock, Larry Drew lobbed a pass across the court for Ed Davis to lay in and the rim. The alley-oop play gave UNC the slight halftime edge, 39-37.

Larry Drew II directs UNC’s defense during No. 4 North Carolina’s 77-73 win against No. 15 Ohio State. DTH/Andrew Johnson

UNC survives late OSU rally

NEW YORK — In North Carolina’s biggest challenge this year, its best player was limited to the role of spectator for long stretches of the game.But with forward Ed Davis in foul trouble all night, everybody else stepped up for No. 4 UNC in its 77-73 win against No. 15 Ohio State in the 2K Sports Classic.

UNC’s Ed Davis goes for a shot against Ohio State’s David Lighty. DTH/Andrew Johnson

Drew bests Turner in point guard battle

NEW YORK — Roy Williams said he’s spent much of this season chewing out sophomore point Larry Drew II. Whatever he’s saying, it seems to be working.When Ohio State made a late-game run, Drew was put on the spot again and again — and he answered just enough times to push UNC to a win.

UNC leads Ohio St. 38-24 at half

Thanks to an abysmal half of shooting from the floor by No. 15 Ohio State, No. 4 North Carolina has a 38-24 halftime lead in Madison Square Garden.OSU is just 9-for-31 for (29 percent) from the field and 1-for-10 from 3-point range.

Despite technical foul, Thompson contributes to game

Deon Thompson, a senior and the team’s only returning starter, knew he had made a mistake more characteristic of a freshman.After being whistled for a technical foul for shoving a Valparaiso player, Thompson headed to the bench for the last few minutes of the first half.

Senior Deon Thompson led the Tar Heels with 20 points Sunday against Valparaiso. DTH/Phong Dinh

Tar Heels survive Valpo’s challenge

North Carolina’s Will Graves had to think for a few seconds before assigning a grade to his team’s performance in its 88-77 victory against Valparaiso.His final verdict? The Tar Heels passed — but barely.“I’d say a D,” Graves said. “We showed intensity in spurts, but you can get a couple questions right on a test and still come out with a D.”

Senior Marcus Ginyard lays in two of his 17 points over N.C. Central’s Dami Sapara. DTH/Margaret Cheatham Williams

Tar Heels lock down NCCU

The second half of Wednesday’s game between North Carolina and N.C. Central started a lot like the first half ended. An NCCU airball. An Ed Davis block. Two Eagles turnovers. When the Tar Heels finally conceded a bucket almost three minutes into the second half, the game was a long time in the books.

Ed Davis plays defense against N.C. Central University.

UNC runs to 51-20 lead against N.C. Central

It was close, but only for a couple of minutes.After a Vincent Davis basket brought North Carolina Central to within two points of North Carolina, the Tar Heels decided they had enough.UNC went on a 32-3 run to close the half, scoring in every which way - dunks, jumpers and old-fashioned lay-ups. UNC leads 51-20 at the half.