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No. 5 N.C. 77, St. John’s 67

November 27, 1998

HONOLULU (AP) _ Chanel Wright scored a career-high 33 points to lead No. 5 North Carolina past St. John’s 77-67 Friday in the first game of the Rainbow Wahine Basketball Classic.

North Carolina (6-0) made 13 of 15 free throws in the second half.

Ebony Dickinson had 30 points and nine rebounds for St. John’s, which committed 23 turnovers.

St. John’s trailed 40-25 at halftime, but opened the second half with a 12-6 run and closed to 53-45 with 10 minutes left. Wright then scored five points to increase North Carolina’s lead, but Dickinson and Ana Pericic each hit 3-pointers to cut the margin to 59-53 with 7:30 left.

North Carolina then went on a 10-5 run, including 6-of-6 from the foul line, to make it 69-58.

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