Tar Heels Headed to Sweet Sixteen

 UNC Tarheels

Winston-Salem, NC - Tyler Hansbrough tossed away the mask protecting his broken nose and busted up Michigan State.

Top-seeded North Carolina sure did need it's big man to fend off the Spartans.

The sophomore finished with 33 points and nine rebounds and Reyshawn Terry knocked down several key baskets down the stretch to help the Tar Heels hold off Michigan State 81-67 Saturday night in the East Regional.

North Carolina is in the round of 16 for the second time in three seasons, and will face the winner of Sunday's Texas-Southern California game next week in East Rutherford, N.J.

Terry scored 12 of his 14 points in the final seven minutes despite battling an illness for the Tar Heels (30-6), who continued their long-running NCAA success in their home state. North Carolina improved to 21-1 in instate tournament games, including 6-0 in games played here - home to conference rival Wake Forest.

But even with the crowd essentially giving the Tar Heels a home game, North Carolina didn't put away the ninth-seeded Spartans (23-12) until a late surge.