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At the other end, however, the Sooners were stagnant. After a 3-pointer by Green put the Tar Heels ahead 28-16, the shot clock ran out on Oklahoma when Griffin was double teamed and the Sooners didn't react quickly enough.
With his teammates shooting poorly, Griffin became more aggressive, scoring Oklahoma's last seven points of the half, but the Sooners still trailed 32-23 at intermission -- their lowest-scoring half of the season. Oklahoma scored all its first-half points from the paint or the foul line.
Green scored 14 points in the first half. Hansbrough picked up two fouls in the first seven minutes and played only nine in the half.
North Carolina made its first six shots of the second half, and the Tar Heels were able to maintain a comfortable lead even as Griffin threw down a powerful, one-handed alley-oop dunk at the other end.
North Carolina eventually went ahead 53-38 on a 3-pointer by Lawson.
"It's not hard to see how talented they are throughout the year. I've always been impressed with them," said Taylor Griffin, who scored four points for the Sooners. "They're as good as advertised, I think."
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