North Carolina 64, Virginia Tech 61

Harrison Barnes scored eight of his 12 points in the final 31/2

minutes to help North Carolina rally from a 16-point deficit to

beat Virginia Tech 64-61 on Thursday night.

John Henson scored 12 of his 17 points after halftime to help

the Tar Heels (12-4) start 2-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference for

the first time in three years. North Carolina got off to a

horrendous start before slowing Malcolm Delaney to get back in the

game and earn its 300th victory in the Smith Center after a tense

finish.

Delaney finished with 28 points and hit seven 3-pointers for the

Hokies (10-5, 1-2), but he missed a long jumper over Kendall

Marshall with his team trailing by a point in the final seconds.

Marshall made two free throws with 2.8 seconds left to push the

lead to 64-61, then Dexter Strickland stole Erick Green’s

desperation inbound pass to halfcourt as time expired.