Tar Heels Tested By Nevada, Hang On 80-73

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -Deon Thompson scored a career-high 23 points and No. 11 North Carolina beat pesky Nevada 80-73 on Sunday night to give coach Roy Williams his 600th career victory.

Ed Davis added 16 points, 15 rebounds and a pair of momentum-changing blocked shots late for the Tar Heels (6-1).

They endured an uncharacteristic second-half slump, warmed up down the stretch with an 11-3 spurt and hit 4 of 7 free throws in the final minute to dodge Nevada's upset bid.

Armon Johnson scored 20 points and Luke Babbitt added 13 to lead Nevada (2-3). The Wolf Pack shot 41 percent and held the Tar Heels without a field goal for five minutes before missing 10 of their final 14 shots.

That was enough to make Williams the 33rd coach in Division I history to reach the 600-victory mark.

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