Heels Race Past Monarchs In Vegas

 UNC Tarheels

Ty Lawson scored a career-high 23 points, Tyler Hansbrough had 27 and North Carolina advanced to the final of the Las Vegas Invitational with a 99-82 victory over Old Dominion on Friday night.

Wayne Ellington added 17 points for the Tar Heels (4-0), who pulled away with a strong second half to avoid the upset bug that claimed the No. 6 Cardinals two hours earlier at the Orleans Arena, ruining the event's expected marquee game.

Instead, North Carolina will face Brigham Young to cap the eight-team event, while the Cardinals will take on the tenacious Monarchs (3-2), who challenged the Tar Heels early before fading down the stretch.