No. 15 North Carolina 48, Virginia Tech 45

Xylina McDaniel and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored 14 points each as

No. 15 North Carolina beat Virginia Tech 48-45 Sunday to remain

undefeated in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

The 48 points marked a season low for the Tar Heels (15-1, 3-0),

while their 22 first-half points were one more than their season

low for points in a half (21 vs. North Carolina Central on Dec.

12).

North Carolina was 7-of-25 shooting (28 percent) in the first

half and made just 2 of 13 3-point attempts for the game.

The 3-0 ACC start is the Tar Heels best since 2009.

The teams were tied 22-all at halftime. North Carolina took its

final lead, 28-26, on McDaniel’s jumper with 17:06 left. The basket

sparked an 8-2 run, and the Hokies never pulled closer than two

points after that.

Uju Ugoka led Virginia Tech (7-7, 1-2) with 15 points.