No. 9 UNC takes care of Albany

Ed Davis had 18 points to help No. 9 North Carolina beat Albany

87-70 on Wednesday night.

Deon Thompson added 15 points for the Tar Heels (11-3), who

had an easy time in their next-to-last game before opening Atlantic

Coast Conference play. Despite being short-handed, North Carolina

built a double-digit lead midway through the first half and coasted

the rest of the way for its third straight win since losing to No.

2 Texas.

The Tar Heels played without fifth-year senior Marcus Ginyard

and sophomore Justin Watts. Watts injured his right ankle during

Monday’s win against Rutgers, while Ginyard has missed two straight

since spraining his right ankle in practice.

Will Harris scored 22 points to lead the Great Danes (4-10),

who ended an eight-game road trip with just one victory. Albany

hasn’t played at home since beating Robert Morris on Nov. 22.