Tyler Hansbrough scored 20 points to break North Carolina's career scoring record and help the top-ranked Tar Heels beat Evansville, 91-73, last night in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The reigning national player of the year had nine rebounds for North Carolina (10-0), which shook off a slow start and stretched the lead to double figures shortly after Hansbrough passed Phil Ford for the record midway through the first half.

Ford finished his career with 2,290 points in 1978.

Hansbrough needed nine points coming in and set the record by muscling in a bank shot over two defenders with 7 minutes, 41 seconds to go. After the record-setting point, officials stopped the game to allow Ford, coach Roy Williams and athletic director Dick Baddour to give Hansbrough the game ball.

Students who carried small signs saying "Phil Ford 2,290" on one side turned them around to reveal "Tyler 2,291+" on the other.

Hansbrough waved to acknowledge the roaring crowd and handled the historic moment with his typically reserved demeanor.

After the game, the school showed a brief video montage of Hansbrough's career highlights that included congratulations from several former players. Hansbrough then briefly addressed the crowd.

"I never dreamed I'd be here and be the all-time leading scorer," he said as he stood alone at midcourt. "This is a great honor to be here and to represent you guys every night in this uniform."

Louisville 77, Mississippi 68 -

Earl Clark had career highs of 25 points and 13 rebounds as the Cardinals (7-1) held off the Rebels (7-4) in Cincinnati.

Samardo Samuels added nine points and 13 rebounds as the Cardinals (7-1) won their fifth straight.

David Huertas had 20 points for the Rebels (7-4), who fought gamely after a tumultuous day that began with coach Andy Kennedy's arrest on misdemeanor assault charges following an altercation with a cab driver.

Gonzaga 84, Texas Southern 42 -

The No. 8 Bulldogs crushed winless Texas Southern in one of the few scheduled events that occurred after Spokane, Wash., was hit by a paralyzing snowstorm.

Josh Heytvelt scored 21 points and Micah Downs added 14 points for the Bulldogs, who rebounded from a loss at Arizona in their previous game by posting their highest point total of the season.

Damian Henderson had nine points for Texas Southern (0-10), which has yet to play a home game.

Women

Connecticut 109, Washington 51 -

Tina Charles scored 29 points in a nearly flawless shooting performance, leading top-ranked UConn (7-0) to a rout of the Huskies (3-4) at the Caribbean Classic in Cancun, Mexico.

Charles made her first 12 shots and finished 13 of 15 from the field for her second consecutive 20-point game.

Georgia Tech 65, Winthrop 27 -

Alex Montgomery scored 16 points, and the No. 25 Yellow Jackets (9-2) allowed the fewest points in school history in a lopsided decision over the Eagles (4-4) in the Bahamas SunSplash Shootout in Nassau, Bahamas.

Tennessee 81, Old Dominion 76 -

Angie Bjorklund matched her career high with 29 points and hit two huge three-pointers as the No. 11 Vols (8-2) topped the Monarchs (5-3) in Norfolk, Va.

Texas 81, Arizona State 71 - Kathleen Nash scored a career-high 27 points and the fifth-ranked Longhorns (10-0) dropped the No. 21 Sun Devils (7-3) in Austin. Nash tied a school record by going 12 for 12 from the free-throw line.

Virginia 73, Monmouth 45 -

Monica Wright scored a game-high 28 points to lift the No. 17 Cavaliers (8-2) past the Hawks (4-6) in Charlottesville, Va. Monmouth shot 15 for 51 for the game.

Elsewhere:

Jess Romano and Amanda Brennan both scored 21 points, but

Philadelphia University

fell, 61-55, to

Georgian Court

in Philadelphia. . . . Sonia Johnson scored 11 points, but

Michigan State

defeated

Delaware State

, 71-41, in East Lansing, Mich.