No. 5 North Carolina beats No. 19 Virginia 70-52

Tyler Zeller had 25 points and nine rebounds to help No. 5 North

Carolina beat No. 19 Virginia 70-52 on Saturday.

Harrison Barnes added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Tar

Heels (21-4, 8-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who regrouped from

Wednesday night’s stunning loss to rival Duke on a last-second

3-pointer. North Carolina blew the game open with a 22-5 run that

started early in the second half, with Zeller scoring seven points

during the spurt that pushed the Tar Heels to a 15-point lead with

about 6 1/2 minutes left.

The Cavaliers (19-5, 6-4) got no closer than 11 points again,

with the Tar Heels avoiding any kind of repeat of blowing a

double-digit lead in the final 2 1/2 minutes against the Blue


The Tar Heels shot just 35 percent against the stingy Virginia

defense, but took a 52-32 rebounding advantage and scored 23

second-chance points off 23 offensive boards.