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UNC G Hairston starts ACC semis despite injury

March 16, 2013

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina P.J. Hairston started Saturday in the Atlantic Coast Conference semifinal against Maryland despite an injury that has his left hand heavily wrapped.

Hairston had been a game-time decision. His middle and ring fingers were bound together with a splint and most of his hand was wrapped in bandages and tape.

He needed eight stitches to close a wound on his left hand in Friday night’s quarterfinal win over Florida State.

He injured the webbing between those two fingers with about 4 minutes left when the ball became jammed between them, spilling blood onto the court.

Hairston had 21 points when he left. The Tar Heels are 7-2 since they made him a starter.

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