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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 13, 2005 - 11A

Tar Heels notch impressive win

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - North
Carolina shot only 41 percent, had 19 turn-
overs and failed to reach 100 points for the
first time in four games. Coach Roy Wil-
liams described the effort as "ugly," and
most of his players concurred.
Imagine how Georgia Tech felt.
Jawad Williams led a balanced attack
with 18 points, and the third-ranked Tar
Heels rolled to another impressive vic-
tory, 91-69 over No. 8 Georgia Tech last
"Today wasn't the prettiest game," Roy
Williams said. "It was one of those ugly
games, where you've got to score more
points than the other team."
Marvin Williams had 14 points and
Rashad McCants and Sean May each
added 12 for North Carolina (3-0 ACC,
14-1 overall), which has won 14 straight
since an opening loss to Santa Clara.
Point guard Raymond Felton was sus-
pended for that game because he played
in an nonsanctioned summer league game,
and, with him on the court, the Tar Heels
have had few challenges.
"I feel like I'm the leader of the team,"
Felton said. "I feel like I'm the one that gets
everybody going. I'm the floor general."
The Yellow Jackets (2-1, 11-3) certain-
ly didn't provide much of a test. Playing
without injured guard B.J. Elder for the
third straight game, Georgia Tech led

only at 1-0, quickly fell behind and never
recovered. Jarrett Jack had 24 points and
Luke Schenscher finished with 13.
"They're an outstanding team, maybe
the best team in the country," Yellow Jack-
ets coach Paul Hewitt said. "But we had
some guys not play as well as they're capa-
ble of playing. It's one of those things."
With one matchup against a top-10
opponent out of the way, North Carolina
can turn its attention to Saturday's game
at No. 4 Wake Forest.
It will be the first meeting ever with
both teams in the top five.
"I'm going to enjoy this one," Roy Wil-
liams said. "Georgia Tech is a big-time
freakin' team."
Felton and the other starters had plenty
of help from the bench in this one, led by
Marvin Williams. In the first half, the Tar
Heels' reserves outscored their counter-
parts 21-0, and it was much the same after
the break until both coaches cleared the
A 10-0 run that was capped by Felton's
3-pointer put North Carolina ahead 17-5,
its first double-digit lead of the game.
"We started off the first couple of pos-
sessions fine, but everybody knows you
have to play the whole game," Jack said.
"That's the one thing we didn't do, we
didn't play hard for 40 minutes."
The margin grew slowly after that, even

while the Tar Heels continued to enjoy
some highlight-reel moments.
The biggest ones probably came from
McCants, who surprisingly played some
stingy defense. Known mostly as a scorer,
he finished with a career-high four blocks,
three in the first half.
"We want to set the tone of the game
with our defense," McCants said.
He did that early, leaping high to block
Will Bynum's first shot of the game. L~ter,
with the game all but decided, the 6-foot-4
McCants stuffed a dunk by 6-foot-9 Tlieo-
dis Tarver, then celebrated by hopping
across midcourt.
"I think it was more of just an instibct
play," McCants said. "I don't like toaet
guys score on me, especially going to,the
goal like that."
McCants's effort symbolized the unself-
ishness the Tar Heels showed, a fact fur-
ther illustrated by their passing. They had
24 assists on their 28 baskets, including 16
out of 17 in the first half.
Felton finished off the opening 20 min-
utes with the final one, drawing the defense
to him before dishing to Melvin Scott on
the wing. Scott swished a 3-pointer just
before the buzzer to make it 46-28.
"That was big," Scott said. "I had
missed a couple of layups. I knew if Ray-
mond got double-teamed, he would get
the ball to me."

Georgia Tech guard Anthony Morrow fights for the ball in the Yellow Jackets' 91-69 loss last night.

agree on
NEW YORK (AP) - Baseball
players and owners have reached an
agreement on a tougher steroid-testing
program and plan to announce it Thurs-
day, The Associated Press has learned.
The agreement will include penal-
ties for first-time offenders, an Ameri-
can League player said on condition of
anonymity. Other details, such as the
frequency of tests, were not immedi-
ately available.
Commissioner Bud Selig, when asked
about a steroid agreement at the owners
meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz., declined
comment, but did say: "We'll have
announcements to make tomorrow."
Gene Orza, the union's chief operat-
ing officer, also declined comment.
"I'm glad we could come to an
agreement," said Chicago Cubs pitcher
Mike Remlinger, who was briefed on
the deal yesterday. "It was the right
thing to do. I think it was something
that needed to be done, and I think
players understand it needed to be
The sides spent the past month negoti-
ating the deal after the union's executive
board gave its staff approval to pursue
an agreement on a more rigorous testing
program. Some in Congress threatened
to take action unless baseball reached
an agreement on its own.
"I think it's going to entail more
testing, some out-season testing, yes,
more in-season random testing and
stiffer penalties," said New York Mets
pitcher Tom Glavine, a senior member
of the union.
Bob DuPuy, baseball's chief oper-
ating officer, said he anticipated con-
firmation of a deal by the end of the
owners' meeting.
"It will be wonderful once it's
done, but I don't want to pre-empt any
announcement, and I certainly don't
want to pre-empt all the work the
commissioner has done on this, so I'll
reserve my comments until after it's
announced," he said.
Players and owners agreed to a drug-
testing plan in 2002 that called for
survey-testing for steroids the follow-
ing year. Because more than 5 percent
of tests were positive, random testing
with penalties began last year. Each
player was tested for steroids twice
over a single five- to seven-day period.
A first positive test resulted in treat-
ment. If a player tested positive again,
he would have been subject to a 15-day
No player was suspended for steroid
use in 2004.
Since the 2002 agreement, base-
ball has come under increased scru-
tiny for steroid use. Barry Bonds,
Jason Giambi and Gary Sheffield
testified before a federal grand jury
in December 2003. Giambi and
Sheffield admitted to using steroids,
according to reports by the San Fran-
cisco Chronicle. Sheffield said he
wasn't aware when he used the sub-
stances that they contained steroids.
Bonds, according to the paper,
admitted using substances prosecutors








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