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The Tar Heels quickly increased the margin, converting a backcourt turnover into a 3-pointer from Ellington then forced another one that led to an alley-oop pass from Ty Lawson to Ellington for a dunk and a 25-6 lead midway through the half.
Kentucky never had an answer. The Wildcats got no closer than 11 points, fell behind by 16 at halftime and trailed by as many as 21, at 52-31 on Thompson's jumper with 13:34 to play.
The game drew actress and noted Kentucky fan Ashley Judd, who made good on a pledge to attend the game during a campaign stop in Chapel Hill last month to support President-elect Barack Obama. Judd had promised to sit among the light blue-clad students for the game if the state -- which hadn't cast its electoral votes for a Democrat since 1976 -- voted for Obama.
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