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No. 11 North Carolina beats No. 10 Virginia Tech 103-82

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina went from being unable to hit a 3-pointer to seemingly unable to miss. And its touted freshmen rolled to big nights against a highly ranked Atlantic Coast Conference opponent.

This is more what coach Roy Williams envisioned - or hoped for, anyway - from his 11th-ranked Tar Heels.

Freshman Coby White scored 27 points while UNC hit a season-high 16 3-pointers to beat No. 10 Virginia Tech 103-82 on Monday night, cracking the 100-point mark for the first time in league play.

Fellow rookie Nassir Little added a season-high 23 points for the Tar Heels (15-4, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who struggled out of the gate to fall behind by nine while making just 1 of their first 12 3s. But it wasn't long before just about everything started falling from behind the arc, an avalanche that sparked a game-turning 20-0 run that pushed UNC to a 45-31 lead by halftime.

''I've seen us play like that but not in enough spurts this year in games,'' Williams said.

It was the Tar Heels' best showing since scoring 103 points in a December home win against No. 4 Gonzaga. There have been clunkers since, though namely suffering the worst home loss in 16 seasons under their Hall of Fame coach against Louisville on Jan. 12.

''I think the key factor for us was we had won two games and then played terribly against Louisville,'' Little said. ''And we didn't want that to happen this time. ... We just wanted to keep going, keep that energy going, keep that win streak going.''

UNC made 15 of its last 22 3-pointers, shot 54 percent for the game and led by 27 points.

Ahmed Hill scored 20 points for the Hokies (15-3, 4-2), who made 6 of 7 3-pointers in a fast start only to end the half by going nearly 6 minutes without a basket while dealing with foul trouble.

''I thought we tried to manage it the right way,'' Hokies coach Buzz Williams said of the 20-0 run. ''Obviously we didn't get any stops. It was kind of a mix-match group that we were trying to survive with, and offensively we were for sure out of sorts.

''It kind of compounded on us fairly quick over those last four minutes.''

BIG PICTURE

Virginia Tech: This was the Hokies' second road game against a ranked opponent in the past week. Things went poorly in the first at No. 3 Virginia, with the Hokies struggling at both ends in a woeful first half en route to a 22-point loss. Williams sounded happier with his team's response this time around.

''I think collectively we feel different tonight in the locker room than we did (after the Virginia loss),'' he said, adding: ''The scores are similar but I think the energy and the effort and the fight tonight was different.''

UNC: The Tar Heels were coming off a win at Miami that pushed them to 3-0 on the road in ACC play, then shook off that slow start by putting five players in double figures - even with season-leading scorer Cameron Johnson managing just eight points.

''It just shows how deep our team is,'' White said. ''Our depth is crazy.''

WHITE LEADS THE WAY

White finished with seven rebounds, six assists and four steals to go with his game-high 27 points, becoming the first Tar Heel to lead his team in all four categories since Joseph Forte had 24 points, 16 rebounds, six assists and three steals in a February 2001 win at Duke.

FROM DEEEP

UNC's 16 3-pointers are tied for the No. 2 total in program history, one shy of the program record set in 1995.

FOUL TROUBLE

The fouls added up in the first half for the Hokies. First starting point guard Justin Robinson headed to the bench with his third foul on a charge at the 9:52 mark, then season-leading scorer Nickeil Alexander-Walker picked up his third with 1:26 left in the first half.

INJURY NEWS

Hokies reserve P.J. Horne (4.8 points) didn't play, with Buzz Williams saying he would be out indefinitely due to an undisclosed injury.

UP NEXT

Virginia Tech: The Hokies host Syracuse on Saturday night.

UNC: The Tar Heels visit Georgia Tech on Jan. 29.

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Key Players
J. Robinson
5 G
L. Maye
32 F
29.7 Min. Per Game 29.7
14.4 Pts. Per Game 14.4
2.1 Ast. Per Game 2.1
10.0 Reb. Per Game 10.0
45.2 Field Goal % 43.4
37.0 Three Point % 34.8
81.9 Free Throw % 77.0
  Defensive rebound by Brandon Huffman 8.0
  Ty Outlaw missed 3-pt. jump shot 10.0
+ 2 Walker Miller made tip-in 34.0
  Offensive rebound by Walker Miller 34.0
  Brandon Robinson missed driving layup 36.0
+ 3 Ahmed Hill made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ty Outlaw 46.0
+ 2 Walker Miller made layup, assist by K.J. Smith 55.0
+ 2 Isaiah Wilkins made turnaround jump shot, assist by Ahmed Hill 1:13
  Defensive rebound by Isaiah Wilkins 1:22
  Walker Miller missed layup 1:24
+ 1 Ahmed Hill made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:33
Team Stats
Points 82 103
Field Goals 27-61 (44.3%) 36-67 (53.7%)
3-Pointers 13-28 (46.4%) 16-34 (47.1%)
Free Throws 15-16 (93.8%) 15-17 (88.2%)
Total Rebounds 32 35
Offensive 10 10
Defensive 20 22
Team 2 3
Assists 21 25
Steals 8 9
Blocks 1 2
Turnovers 15 12
Fouls 18 13
Technicals 1 0
20 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST
27 PTS, 7 REB, 6 AST
12T
away team logo 10 Virginia Tech 15-3 315182
home team logo 11 North Carolina 15-4 4558103
Team Stats
away team logo 10 Virginia Tech 15-3 74.0 PPG 35.6 RPG 15.3 APG
home team logo 11 North Carolina 15-4 86.1 PPG 46.8 RPG 19.0 APG
Key Players
13
A. Hill G 13.1 PPG 3.9 RPG 1.4 APG 44.1 FG%
2
C. White G 16.3 PPG 3.4 RPG 4.2 APG 43.0 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Hill G 20 PTS 3 REB 2 AST
C. White G 27 PTS 7 REB 6 AST
44.3 FG% 53.7
46.4 3PT FG% 47.1
93.8 FT% 88.2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Hill 20 3 2 7/16 4/7 2/2 2 38 2 0 4 0 3
K. Blackshear Jr. 19 17 5 6/15 0/0 7/7 4 37 0 1 2 10 7
N. Alexander-Walker 19 3 3 7/14 5/10 0/0 3 30 3 0 2 0 3
J. Robinson 17 2 6 4/6 3/4 6/7 4 29 2 0 3 0 2
W. Bede 2 1 2 1/3 0/1 0/0 2 23 0 0 3 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Hill 20 3 2 7/16 4/7 2/2 2 38 2 0 4 0 3
K. Blackshear Jr. 19 17 5 6/15 0/0 7/7 4 37 0 1 2 10 7
N. Alexander-Walker 19 3 3 7/14 5/10 0/0 3 30 3 0 2 0 3
J. Robinson 17 2 6 4/6 3/4 6/7 4 29 2 0 3 0 2
W. Bede 2 1 2 1/3 0/1 0/0 2 23 0 0 3 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Outlaw 3 3 3 1/6 1/6 0/0 3 30 0 0 1 0 3
I. Wilkins 2 1 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 13 1 0 0 0 1
P. Horne - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Nolley II - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Kabongo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Radford - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Palmer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 82 30 21 27/61 13/28 15/16 18 200 8 1 15 10 20
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. White 27 7 6 9/16 5/11 4/5 2 30 4 1 3 2 5
L. Maye 14 5 3 5/8 4/5 0/0 3 30 1 1 2 0 5
G. Brooks 12 5 0 5/7 0/0 2/3 2 29 0 0 0 3 2
K. Williams 10 1 4 4/7 2/5 0/0 4 27 0 0 1 0 1
C. Johnson 8 4 3 3/8 2/6 0/0 1 29 1 0 1 2 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. White 27 7 6 9/16 5/11 4/5 2 30 4 1 3 2 5
L. Maye 14 5 3 5/8 4/5 0/0 3 30 1 1 2 0 5
G. Brooks 12 5 0 5/7 0/0 2/3 2 29 0 0 0 3 2
K. Williams 10 1 4 4/7 2/5 0/0 4 27 0 0 1 0 1
C. Johnson 8 4 3 3/8 2/6 0/0 1 29 1 0 1 2 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Little 23 6 3 7/12 2/3 7/7 0 20 1 0 2 2 4
W. Miller 4 1 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
L. Black 3 0 2 1/2 1/2 0/0 0 7 1 0 0 0 0
S. Woods 2 1 1 0/0 0/0 2/2 1 7 1 0 3 0 1
B. Robinson 0 1 2 0/3 0/1 0/0 0 12 0 0 0 0 1
S. Rush 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
K. Smith 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
B. Huffman 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
A. Platek 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
R. McAdoo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Manley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Ellis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 103 32 25 36/67 16/34 15/17 13 200 9 2 12 10 22