Tar Heels’ Strickland out with injury

North Carolina freshman Dexter Strickland missed Saturday

night’s game against Presbyterian with a sore left hamstring.

The 6-foot-3 guard didn’t dress for the game and joined

fifth-year senior Marcus Ginyard on the bench.

Ginyard sat out as a precaution due to pain in his left foot.

Team officials said it was unrelated to the stress fracture that

cost him nearly all last season.

The injuries depleted No. 11 North Carolina’s already thin

backcourt, forcing coach Roy Williams to start sophomore Justin

Watts in Ginyard’s place. Strickland has averaged about three

points per game as the primary backup to point guard Larry Drew

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