North Carolina takes care of Albany, 87-70

By AARON BEARD

AP Basketball Writer

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) 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.

Updated December 30, 2009