Wayne Ellington had problems getting from Philadelphia to Chapel Hill, N.C., but even though missing practice forced him to miss a start, he barely missed a beat.

The Episcopal Academy product scored a career-high 23 points as No. 1 North Carolina defeated visiting Nevada, 106-70, last night.

Tyler Hansbrough led the Tar Heels with 26 points. Ty Lawson had 16 points and a career-best 10 assists for the Tar Heels (12-0).

Ellington didn't start for the first time this season after having travel problems that forced him to miss his flight back from Philadelphia and kept him out of practice. But he finished 8-for-12 from the field, including 5-for-8 from three-point range.

Armon Johnson scored 23 points to lead the Wolf Pack (7-5).

The news wasn't all good for the Tar Heels. Reserve guard Bobby Frasor tore his left anterior cruciate ligament when he landed awkwardly on the sideline while making a steal midway through the second half. School spokesman Steve Kirschner said Frasor will be out for the season and will have surgery.

In other games:

* At Georgia Tech, Jeremis Smith had 16 points as the Yellow Jackets (6-5) routed Tennessee Tech, 83-63.

* At Missouri, DeMarre Carroll scored 19 points to help the Tigers (9-4) win, 72-38, over Coppin State (3-11), which got nine points from Brian Chestnut.

* At Seton Hall, Gavin Grant had 23 points as North Carolina State (8-3) beat off the Pirates, 79-73.


* Jim Casciano will return as the coach at New Jersey Institute of Technology on Sunday after missing more than a month because of health concerns.

* LSU senior Sylvia Fowles will miss 2 to 4 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on her right knee. *