Top Ranked UNC Slips Past BYU In Vegas

 UNC Tarheels

Tyler Hansbrough barely even glanced at the MVP trophy sitting at his locker. The star forward was much more pleased by top-ranked North Carolina's defense in a win that required solid efforts from all the healthy Tar Heels.

Hansbrough scored 21 points, Wayne Ellington hit a key 3-pointer with 2:06 left and North Carolina made a late surge for a 73-63 victory over BYU on Saturday night to win the Las Vegas Invitational.

Ellington scored 15 points and Danny Green had 14 for the Tar Heels, off to their first 5-0 start since coach Roy Williams' first season in 2003-04. North Carolina played most of the night without injured point guard Ty Lawson, but finally pushed ahead for good when BYU's outside shooting acumen disappeared in the final minutes.