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.
Mike Scott scored 18 points to lead the Cavaliers, who shot 36
percent. Jontel Evans added 12.
North Carolina needed the win to move past the sting from
Wednesday night’s loss. It was particularly true for Zeller, who
had 23 points and 11 rebounds in that game. But his frustrating
final minute included a pair of missed free throws, accidentally
tipping a ball into the Duke basket on a rebound attempt and
defending the game-winning shot.
The 7-foot senior went 9-for-16 from the field despite facing
constant double teams from the Cavaliers.
North Carolina was short-handed for this one with freshman
reserve P.J. Hairston out with a sore left foot. Freshman forward
James Michael McAdoo added nine points and seven rebounds off the
bench for UNC.