Play Fantasy Use your Fantasy skills to win Cash Prizes. Join or start a league today. Play Now

Virginia vs North Carolina

North Carolina 93, Virginia 81

  •  

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - P.J. Hairston scored a career-high 29 points in his second straight start to help North Carolina beat Virginia 93-81 on Saturday.

Freshman Marcus Paige added 17 for the Tar Heels (17-8, 7-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), who snapped a two-game skid with one of their strongest offensive showings this season. North Carolina shot 49.2 percent (29 of 59) and hit 13 3-pointers for its best total in a league game while staying with the four-guard lineup it used in Wednesday night's loss at rival Duke.

The Tar Heels had lost by 26 points at third-ranked Miami and by five to the No. 2 Blue Devils in the past week, but they buried shot after shot from outside Saturday and tore through a defense that ranked second nationally by allowing just 52 points per game.

Virginia (18-7, 8-4) hadn't allowed more than 69 points, a total UNC passed with more than 9 minutes left.

Joe Harris scored a career-high 27 points to lead the Cavaliers, who got off to a fast start by making 11 of 13 shots, with six of those coming from 3-point range for a 10-point lead in the first 11 minutes. Virginia finished at 58.5 percent (31 of 53) and hit 12 of 21 from 3-point range (57.1 percent), but the Cavaliers struggled to slow the Tar Heels after halftime.

Both teams needed this win to help their chase for a first-round bye at next month's ACC tournament, not to mention to solidify their NCAA tournament chances, too. Virginia won the first meeting in January by pulling away in the final minutes and had a shot to sweep the regular-season series for the first time since 2002.

But Hairston led the offensive surge for the Tar Heels, who scored eight straight points out of halftime to break open a tie game on the way to 53 second-half points.

The 6-foot-5 sophomore had averaged nearly 16 points per game on 51 percent shooting in his last six games and picked right up where he left off at Cameron Indoor Stadium, where he matched his career-high with 23 points in the 73-68 loss to the Blue Devils.

Coach Roy Williams started Hairston as one of four guards, shortened his rotation and played primarily with six players that night. Williams refused afterward to commit to using the same starting five against the Cavaliers, then went back to it anyway on Saturday.

Hairston went 8-for-14 from the field and 6-for-12 from behind the arc, where the Tar Heels finished at 13-for-28 (46.4 percent). In addition, Paige and Reggie Bullock each knocked down three 3s as the Tar Heels made at least 10 in a game for the first time since hitting 13 against McNeese State on Dec. 22.

The teams went into the locker room tied at 40 on Jontel Evans' running 1-hander from about 30 feet at the buzzer, but the Tar Heels sprinted out of the break. They pushed their lead to 83-65 on yet another 3 from Hairston with 5 1/2 minutes left, and Virginia got no closer than nine the rest of the way.

The Tar Heels played their second straight game without freshman center Joel James, due to a concussion.

Virginia freshman center Mike Tobey missed his fourth straight game due to mononucleosis.

Copyright 2014 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Scoreboard
Virginia (18-7)404181
North Carolina (17-8) «405393
 

CBSSports.com Shop

Notre Dame Fighting Irish Under Armour No.5 Shamrock Series Tackle Twill Football Jersey

2014 College Football Jerseys
Get your school today
Shop Now

Virginia Cavaliers
A. Mitchell, F293-73-49049
J. Evans, G335-71-215312
J. Harris, G3310-133-321427
J. Anderson, G324-90-22518
P. Jesperson, G263-50-02049
E. Nolte262-50-02036
D. Atkins82-40-03004
T. Jones81-20-00113
T. Barnette41-10-00013
D. Browman10-00-00000
Totals 31-537-1124122181
 58.5%63.6% 
North Carolina Tar Heels
R. Bullock, F363-82-434211
J. McAdoo, F304-101-410139
M. Paige, G304-96-643017
D. Strickland, G303-56-816112
P. Hairston, G298-147-870329
L. McDonald183-70-01207
B. Johnson113-40-04016
J. Simmons80-00-01010
J. Tokoto30-00-00100
D. Hubert10-00-00000
J. Manor10-10-00000
W. Moody10-00-01100
D. Robinson10-00-00000
F. Tanner11-10-00002
Totals 29-5922-3033181193
 49.2%73.3% 
ACC
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-L
Virginia16-230-7
Syracuse14-428-6
Duke13-526-9
N. Carolina13-524-10
Pittsburgh11-726-10
Clemson10-823-13
Florida St.9-922-14
N.C. State9-922-14
Maryland9-917-15
Miami (Fla.)8-1117-16
Wake Forest7-1217-16
Georgia Tech7-1216-17
Notre Dame6-1315-17
Boston College4-158-24
Va. Tech2-179-22
 
Other games
ND 54 Final
PROV 71
PITT 69 Final
MU 79
UK 58 Final
TENN 88
FLA 83 Final
AUB 52
OKLA 79 Final
OKST 84
PUR 55 Final
IND 83
CSU 89 Final
AF 86
BUT 68 Final
FORD 63
GONZ 71 Final
SF 61
DUKE 81 Final
MD 83
BAYL 61 Final
KSU 81
ORE 79 Final
WSU 77
MEMP 71 Final
MRSH 59
MIST 73 Final
NEB 64
SYR 76 Final
SHU 65
BSU 50 Final
NMEX 60
UT 47 Final
KAN 73