North Carolina pounds Virginia
Charlottesville, VA (Sports Network) – Jawad Williams poured in 23 points and
Sean May added 20 with nine rebounds, as third-ranked North Carolina rolled to
a 110-76 victory over Virginia at University Hall.
Raymond Felton chipped in 16 points and Marvin Williams came off the bench to
finish with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Tar Heels (17-2, 6-1 ACC), who
had lost their last five games in Charlottesville. North Carolina, which built
a 36-point halftime edge and led by as many as 50, has won three straight by
an average margin of 26.3 points since a January 15 loss at Wake Forest.
“We played pretty doggone well,” said North Carolina head coach Roy Williams.
“Our guys were ready to play, and they were rested.”
The Tar Heels, who posted their largest point total of the season, entered the
contest as the highest-scoring team in the nation with an average of 91.7
points per game and reached the century mark for the sixth time this season
without much of a contribution from their leading scorer. Rashad McCants,
averaging a team-best 16.6 points, was in foul trouble early and didn’t score
until 5 1/2 minutes into the second half. He finished with only five points.
J.R. Reynolds scored 18 points to pace Virginia (10-8, 1-7), which has lost
two straight and six of its last seven.
“We’re halfway through conference play,” said Virginia head coach Pete Gillen.
“We’ve still got nine games to play. Hopefully we’ll do better.”
After Sean Singletary hit a three-pointer on Virginia’s opening possession,
North Carolina reeled off 11 straight points to start the rout. Jawad Williams
contributed five in the run for the Tar Heels, hitting a three-pointer to make
it an 11-3 game just 3:45 into the contest.
The Cavaliers continued to struggle offensively and the visitors made just
about everything to quiet the sellout crowd. North Carolina hit nine of its
first 11 shots on the way to a 25-8 advantage with just under 12 minutes
remaining in the first half.
A 13-1 run a few moments later left North Carolina with a 42-11 cushion and
the first-half lead grew to as many as 36. A transition layup by David Noel
with 2:21 left made it 55-19 and a three-pointer by Melvin Scott just before
the halftime buzzer sent the Tar Heels into the locker room with a 62-26
North Carolina shot a sizzling 65.6 percent in the first half, making 21-of-32
field goals, including 8-of-11 from three-point range. The Tar Heels also
outrebounded the Cavaliers 21-11 and forced Virginia into 11 turnovers as well
as a 25 percent shooting effort (7-of-28).
Jawad Williams scored 16 in the first half, while May and Felton each chipped
The Tar Heels tacked on the first six points of the second half and continued
to pour it on, taking their largest lead of the contest at 98-48 with 5:14
“I’ve never lost like that in my life, not even in a video game,” said
Virginia’s Gary Forbes.
North Carolina’s previous season-high was 109 points in a 34-point win over
Maryland on January 8.
The largest Tar Heel margin of victory against Virginia is 44 points, 108-64,
on February 6, 1968. The Tar Heels and Cavaliers will meet again on February
16 in Chapel Hill. North Carolina leads the all-time series 117-47.