Lawson Still Not Ready Yet

By Josh Herwitt - February 18, 2008

If Roy Williams was hoping to finally get his starting point guard back for Wednesday night's ACC showdown at rival N.C. State, he'll have to wait a little bit longer.

The North Carolina coach told reporters during Monday's weekly ACC media teleconference that Ty Lawson will miss his fifth straight game with a sprained left ankle that he suffered back on Feb. 3 in an overtime win at Florida State.

Since then, the 5-foot-11 sophomore, who was averaging 13.6 points and leading the Tar Heels in assists (120) before going down, has missed a home loss to arch-rival Duke, a double-overtime victory over Clemson, a one-point win at Virginia and, most recently, a 92-53 shellacking of Virginia Tech in Chapel Hill, N.C., last Saturday.

Williams, who has seen Player of the Year candidate and junior power forward Tyler Hansbrough step up in Lawson's absence, also said that backup point man Quentin Thomas is currently battling the flu.

Thomas has started in place of Lawson the past four games and done a solid job running the offense for the Tar Heels. The 6-foot-3 senior from Oakland, Calif., had arguably his best game against the Blue Devils with 10 points and seven assists but has continued to contribute for North Carolina, tallying six points and seven assists against the Hokies last weekend.

"I'm feeling a lot more comfortable out there, trying to get into the flow of the game and trying to be the floor leader out there," Thomas said after the victory over Virginia Tech. "We've been dealing with a lot of injuries and adversities, but we've been fighting through it."

Posted by Josh Herwitt at 05:39 PM on February 18, 2008

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