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No. 8 North Carolina 89, N.C. State 80

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- North Carolina's depth proved to be too much for North Carolina State's determination.

The eighth-ranked Tar Heels beat their Tobacco Road rivals 89-to-80 for their first Atlantic Coast Conference title since 1998.

Brandan Wright and Wayne Ellington scored 16 apiece, Tyler Hansbrough went 11-for-11 from the foul line to finish with 15, and Reyshawn Terry and Ty Lawson added 13 each.

It's North Carolina's 16th ACC tournament title, tying Duke for the most in the conference.

The Tar Heels (28-6) likely also nailed down a Number One seed in the NCAA tournament.

North Carolina State (18-15) reached the title game with an improbable run.

It included upsets of second-seeded Virginia, third-seeded Virginia Tech and defending champion Duke, which had won seven of the previous eight ACC titles.


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