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North Carolina vs Virginia Tech

UNC locks up ACC bye with win over Va. Tech

CBSSports.com wire reports
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BLACKSBURG, Va. -- North Carolina's 11th straight victory gave the Tar Heels one of the top four seeds in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament and a bye through to the quarterfinals.

Quite a turnaround for a team that started 1-4 in conference play.

''I don't know that I care that much about getting a bye,'' coach Roy Williams said. ''I care more about that meaning that you've had a pretty good run. I like winning games.''

James Michael McAdoo scored 15 points to lead No. 19 North Carolina past Virginia Tech 60-56 on Saturday.

McAdoo hit 6 of 9 from the floor for the Tar Heels (22-7, 12-4), who haven't won this many games in a row since opening the 2008-09 season with 13 straight victories.

McAdoo scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half, including 10 after the Hokies had cut the Tar Heel lead to 42-40 on a basket by Jarell Eddie with 8:54 left in the game. North Carolina answered with seven straight points, with McAdoo scoring the last two points on a basket with 6:57 left to make it 49-40.

''We knew from the get-go that this was a great team we were going to play,'' McAdoo said. ''Even though their record may not show it, they have the pieces that make up a great team - from outside shooting to big guys that can score the ball. Their 2-3 zone frustrated us at times, but we were still able to come in here and get a win.''

Leslie McDonald added 14 points and J.P. Tokoto finished with 12 for North Carolina.

''You have to understand that you're going to go through a season and sometimes you're going to play really well,'' Williams said. ''You hope you win those games. Sometimes, you can lose those, but you hope to win.

''But to have a great year, you've got to win a lot of games ugly. That's the way I look at it.''

Eddie led Virginia Tech (9-19, 2-14 ACC) with 18 points.

''When we made our runs, they always seemed to have a guy make a play, whether it was McDonald or (Marcus) Paige or McAdoo,'' Virginia Tech coach James Johnson said. ''They made plays, and they have several guys who can make them.''

After trailing 28-21 at halftime, the Hokies tied the game at 36 when Devin Wilson's 3-pointer with 12:16 remaining capped an 11-2 run.

Tokoto hit a 3-pointer for the Tar Heels to end the run, and North Carolina did not trail again.

Virginia Tech cut the lead to 58-54 on a 3-pointer by Eddie with 40 seconds left, and then McDonald missed two free throws with 35.8 seconds to go, giving the Hokies a chance.

But Eddie missed a 3-pointer with 19 seconds left, and McAdoo hit the first of two free throws with 14 seconds remaining to push the lead to 59-54. A layup by Eddie cut the lead to 59-56 with 5.6 seconds remaining, but McDonald made the second of two free throws with 4.8 seconds left to seal it for the Tar Heels.

''I did some great coaching there. I screamed at Leslie and told him to make the free throw,'' Williams joked.

North Carolina won despite an off game from star point guard Marcus Paige. Coming off a 35-point outing in the Tar Heels' win over NC State on Wednesday, the sophomore scored just nine points on 3-of-7 shooting from the floor. He had one assist in 30 minutes.

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North Carolina #19 (22-7) «283260
Virginia Tech (9-19)213556
UNC:J. McAdoo 15 Pts
UNC:J. Tokoto 7 Reb
UNC:J. McAdoo 3 Ast
VATECH:J. Eddie 18 Pts
VATECH:J. Eddie 7 Reb
VATECH:D. Wilson 7 Ast

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
North CarolinaVirginia Tech
UNC
James Michael McAdoo
VATECH
Jarell Eddie
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
15331870
North Carolina Tar Heels
L. McDonald, G335-111-412314
J. Tokoto, F325-101-373212
M. Paige, G303-72-21139
J. McAdoo, F296-93-633115
N. Britt, G191-30-00222
K. Meeks, F181-50-07242
D. Hubert, F141-20-04032
B. Johnson, F121-62-34004
J. James, F80-10-02020
I. Hicks, F50-10-00000
J. Simmons, F10-00-00000
L. Davis, GDid Not Play
P. Hairston, GDid Not Play
J. Manor, FDid Not Play
W. Moody, GDid Not Play
D. Robinson, FDid Not Play
Totals 23-559-1829132060
 41.8%50.0% 
Virginia Tech Hokies
D. Wilson, G393-138-1237015
J. Eddie, F386-133-370418
W. Johnston, G342-60-05126
C. Barksdale, F300-24-47214
T. Thompson, F223-72-26038
J. Van Zegeren, F191-30-00022
M. Wood, F111-10-02043
C. Beyer, F70-00-01010
C. Raines, FDid Not Play
A. Smith, GDid Not Play
M. Rankin, GDid Not Play
G. Donlon, FDid Not Play
B. Emelogu, GDid Not Play
M. Kirby, FDid Not Play
M. Mueller, GDid Not Play
Totals 16-4517-2131101756
 35.6%81.0% 
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TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Duke0-05-033
Miami (Fla.)0-05-088
N.C. State0-04-048
Virginia0-04-031
Georgia Tech0-03-016
Louisville0-03-095
N. Carolina0-03-047
Notre Dame0-04-1123
Syracuse0-03-1179
Pittsburgh0-02-1112
Va. Tech0-02-1297
Clemson0-02-2341
Wake Forest0-02-274
Boston College0-02-3122
Florida St.0-01-3133
 
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