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Updated: Tuesday, December 30, 2003 11:27 PM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(9) North Carolina 105, Coast Carolina 72

CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Rashad McCants more than made up for the absences of Jawad Williams and Sean May.

McCants scored 28 points on 10-of-16 shooting to lead No. 9 North Carolina to a 105-72 rout of Coastal Carolina despite missing two of its best players.

Williams, who had been averaging a team-high 18.1 points, suffered a mild concussion and May a sprained left ankle in the Tar Heels' 71-54 triumph over North Carolina-Wilmington on Sunday, and neither suited up for their first meeting with the Chanticleers.

McCants nailed a 3-pointer just six seconds into the contest to give the Tar Heels the lead for good, and he added 13 more points in the first half to help them open up a 50-23 advantage at the break.

"It was non-stop - (McCants) was hitting open jump shots, he was faking and stepping in," said Tar Heels guard Raymond Felton, who had 11 points and 10 assists. "He was on fire. It was his night."

David Noel added 12 of his 16 points in the first half and freshman reserve Reyshawn Terry chipped in 14 points for the Tar Heels (8-1), who shot 57 percent (38-of-67).

The Chanticleers shot 32 percent in the first half (9-of-28) and 44 percent overall (27-of-61).

"We've been two-faced - some nights we play great and other nights not so great," Noel said. "But one identity we do have is defense. Once we get it to a consistent point every night where it's clicking, I don't think anybody's going to beat us."

E.J. Gallup scored 21 points but was the only player in double figures for Coastal Carolina (5-6), which had won four of its previous five games.

North Carolina had 29 assists and 13 turnovers while Coastal Carolina had 17 and 28, respectively.

"We got them to turn the ball over and went down and got some easy baskets," Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said. "That was the key."


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