Virginia downs No. 24 Tar Heels
Charlottesville, VA (Sports Network) – Sean Singletary tallied 18 points and
backcourt mate J.R. Reynolds scored 16, as Virginia knocked off No. 24 North
Carolina, 72-68, at University Hall.
Laurynas Mikalauskas added 10 points and Virginia’s interior defense blocked
12 shots, including five from Jason Cain.
The Cavaliers (9-6, 3-2 ACC) shot just 38 percent from the floor, but made up
for cold shooting with a 23-of-29 effort from the free throw line.
Tyler Hansbrough paced North Carolina (10-4, 2-2) with 18 points and 10
rebounds, but faced constant double and triple teams throughout the contest.
Senior David Noel contributed 14 points and 10 rebounds while Reyshawn Terry
had 11 points and six boards for the Tar Heels, who finished 8-of-26 from
beyond the arc.
Virginia forced Hansbrough into several difficult shot attempts in the second
half and blocked or altered many UNC attempts from the paint.
The Cavs broke open a 44-44 tie almost midway through the stanza with an 11-2
spurt. Reynolds tallied five of the points and Mikalauskas’ inside bucket put
Virginia in front 55-46 with 8:28 remaining.
Wes Miller’s three from the right wing in transition then trimmed the deficit
to 63-57, and moments later, Terry’s two free throws got UNC within 64-61.
However, Singletary calmly drained a pair from the charity stripe with 2:44
After several empty trips, the Virginia block party continued. Noel
established solid position on the right block, but Cain swatted the shot and
Reynolds made two free throws to give the Cavs a 68-61 advantage with 1:10
Retrieving two long rebounds, the Heels then fired three treys on their next
trip with Terry finally making a long-distance jumper to get UNC within four.
Singletary made just 1-of-2 from the foul line, but Hansbrough also drained
only 1-of-2 from the stripe and the Cavs maintained their four-point lead.
The parade to the foul line continued, as T.J. Bannister drained a pair of
free throws to push the Virginia lead to 71-65 with 15.3 ticks left. Terry
then missed a three on the other end to seal UNC’s fate.
North Carolina held a 29-27 edge at the half.
UNC still firmly holds a 118-48 lead in the all-time series…Hansbrough led
the young Tar Heels in scoring for the 11th time in 14 games…North Carolina
held a 45-37 edge on the glass.