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Updated: Monday, November 24, 2003 11:56 PM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(10) North Carolina 91, Davidson 68

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Jawad Williams is heading into his hometown on a positive note.

Williams scored a career-high 28 points as No. 10 North Carolina cruised to a 91-68 victory over Davidson at the Charlotte Coliseum.

Williams turned in the best scoring effort of his career in preparation for Saturday's game at Cleveland State. The junior forward, a Cleveland native, was 10-of-11 from the floor.

North Carolina (2-0) scored 10 of the game's first 13 points as it enjoyed its second straight fast start. The Tar Heels scored 22 points off 16 turnovers and built a 43-25 halftime cushion.

Sean May scored 12 of his 19 points in the first half and Rashad McCants added 13 overall for the Tar Heels, who are 2-0 for the second straight year.

Davidson (0-2) has looked sloppy through two games against teams currently ranked. The Wildcats had 22 turnovers in last week's loss at Texas Tech and had 27 more miscues on Monday.

"Playing games like Texas Tech and North Carolina exposes the team to things we need to work on," Davidson head coach Bob McKillop said. "Whenever you play on a national stage, there is the risk of stubbing your toe or being the shining light and tonight we stubbed our toe."

The strong efforts of Williams and May helped North Carolina to a 32-14 edge in points in the paint. The Tar Heels also outscored the Wildcats at the line, 23-13.

North Carolina point guard Raymond Felton had a poor shooting night, but the rest of his game was solid. Felton handed out 12 assists and came up with four steals to spearhead the defensive effort by the Tar Heels.

The only glaring problem for the Tar Heels came at the foul line, where they shot 62 percent (23-of-37). Williams, who made three 3-pointers, was 5-of-9 from the line.

Brendan Winters drilled six 3-pointers and scored 24 points for the Wildcats. Ian Johnson netted 19 points off the bench.


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