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Favors lead way in Jackets win against UNC
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ATLANTA — Freshman Derrick Favors shook off a scoring slump with 13 points and Georgia Tech beat North Carolina 68-51 on
Tuesday night in the Tar Heels’ lowest scoring game in the Roy Williams era.

North Carolina’s previous scoring low in Williams’ seven seasons as coach came in a 64-54 loss to Duke on Feb. 10. The Tar Heels also set Williams-era lows for points in a half after trailing 41-21 at halftime.

Georgia Tech (18-8, 6-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) ended a two-game losing streak and completed its first regular-season sweep of the Tar Heels since 1995-96. The Yellow Jackets are 5-1 at home, but 1-5 on the road in ACC games.

North Carolina (14-12, 3-8) fell to 2-8 in its last 10 games, with its only wins in that span coming against N.C. State.
North Carolina’s 22.6 percent shooting from the field in the first half set yet another low under Williams. The Tar Heels
shot 32.2 percent for the game.

Favors had been held below 10 points in four of his last five games, including two straight. He made 6 of 9 shots and had nine rebounds.

Brian Oliver and Zachery Peacock each had 12 points for Georgia Tech. Gani Lawal added nine points and 11 rebounds.

Deon Thompson led North Carolina with 17 points. John Henson added 11 with 10 rebounds.

The Tar Heels were without starting forward Ed Davis (fractured left wrist) for the second straight game. Davis was averaging 13.4 points and 9.6 rebounds and is expected to miss six weeks.

Tyler Zeller, a 7-foot backup who was averaging 9.6 points, missed his 10th straight game with a broken foot. Forward Travis Wear (sprained ankle) missed his third straight game.

The Tar Heels stayed close early. After Georgia Tech led 17-14 following a 3-pointer by Will Graves, Georgia Tech pulled away with a 21-4 run that was capped by 11 straight points.

Favors capped the run with a fastbreak jam for a 38-18 lead.

North Carolina’s scoring woes continued in the first 10 minutes of the second half. Georgia Tech took a 28-point lead at 57-29 on a 3-pointer by Moe Miller with 9:41 remaining.

Play was stopped with 10:59 remaining in the first half as official John Cahill was forced to leave with a right hamstring injury. Play resumed with the two remaining officials, Bryan Kersey and Gary Maxwell.

Freshman Glen Rice had five points in his first start for Georgia Tech, replacing freshman Mfon Udofia.
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