The freshman forward posted 15 points in the opening half as the both teams battled to a 46-all tie at the break.
In the second half, Hansbrough came through in the clutch nailing a pair of jump hooks in the last five minutes to help the Tar Heels edge the Bulldogs 83-80 in the opening game of the 2005 season for both teams. The Poplar Bluff, Mo., native shot 75 percent from the floor on 9-of-12 shooting
North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough had a game-high 21 points and four rebounds in a win over Gardner-Webb in his Tar Heel debut and was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Week on Monday.
The freshman scored 21 points in last Saturday's win over Gardner-Webb.