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COL BKB: North Carolina 72, Davidson 68

Nov. 14, 2007 at 9:52 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Wayne Ellington hit a key jump shot with 67 seconds remaining Wednesday, helping No. 1 North Carolina fight off Davidson 72-68.

The Tar Heels avoided what would have been a huge upset in their season opener with Stephen Curry scoring 24 points, Ellington adding 20 points and Tyler Hansbrough 14.

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North Carolina scored the final seven points of the first half to take a 38-31 lead at the intermission, but Davidson hung in throughout the second half. Andrew Lovedale grabbed an offensive rebound and scored with 1:22 to play to bring Davidson within a point.

Ellington then hit his jump shot from the right wing for a 66-63 lead and, after Davidson missed a field goal attempt, Ty Lawson made two free throws to give the Tar Heels a five-point cushion with 30 seconds remaining.

Davidson (1-1) was led by Lovedale with 12 points.

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