Terry stars as Tar Heels remain hot
Greensboro, NC (Sports Network) – Reyshawn Terry scored 24 points with seven
rebounds to help lead 10th-ranked North Carolina past Virginia, 79-67, in an
Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament quarterfinal matchup at Greensboro
Freshman sensation Tyler Hansbrough added 17 points and eight rebounds for the
Tar Heels (22-6), who have won their last eight games and now will play third-
seeded Boston College in the semifinals after the Eagles knocked off Maryland,
80-66, on Friday. North Carolina is seeded second in the tourney.
Wes Miller netted 15 points, while David Noel donated a double-double with 10
points and 11 rebounds with five assists.
“I’m just happy we won,” Terry said. “They came at us in the first half,
hitting us right in the face, and making it real hard for us on the defensive
end, penetrating and pitching, guys knocking down shots and just making harder
for us on the offensive end.”
Sean Singletary did what he could to lead Virginia (15-14), scoring 29 points
on 7-of-16 from the floor and a perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line. He
also grabbed 10 boards with five steals.
“It really doesn’t matter what type of game that we had. We lost,” said
Singletary. “Our season is over.”
J.R. Reynolds added 20 points on just 3-of-16 shooting and 12-of-14 from the
charity stripe for the Cavaliers, who have lost four of their last five games.
The Tar Heels fell behind early, but evened things up later in the first half
before taking control before halftime. A layup by Danny Green and a trey by
Miller put North Carolina up 39-32 with 1:17 remaining. Singletary then capped
the scoring in the half with two free throws.
“I think we are very fortunate to continue playing. I thought Virginia was
much more aggressive and much more intelligent, particularly early in the
game,” said North Carolina head coach Roy Williams.
The Tar Heels opened up the second half with a small 6-0 spurt to go ahead
45-34. Virginia responded in a big way as Mamadi Diane connected on back-to-
back three-pointers for a 45-40 deficit just over four minutes in.
North Carolina, though, enjoyed the advantage for the rest of the second half,
extending to a 58-48 lead on a Hansbrough free throw with 8:52 left in the
frame. Virginia then got to within five after a three-pointer by Singletary
and two free throws by Reynolds for a 58-53 contest with 7:39 remaining.
The Tar Heels weathered the storm however and three straight conversions from
the charity stripe by Hansbrough extended North Carolina to a 64-55 advantage
with 5:33 left.
North Carolina continued to keep the Cavaliers at arms length as three free
throws from Singletary made it a 69-64 game. However, Terry quickly answered
with a jumper to restore a seven-point edge with 2:06 left.
Down the stretch, Virginia went cold from the floor while the Tar Heels
continued to make shots at the other end as North Carolina cruised into the
semifinals of the tourney.
It wasn’t easy early in the contest, as North Carolina struggled from the
floor which allowed Virginia to net 12 straight points to take a quick 12-2
lead. Reynolds capped the burst with a three-pointer 5:16 into the contest.
The two teams exchanged baskets before two free throws by Green began an 11-0
Tar Heels burst that put North Carolina ahead by a point, 15-14, midway
through the frame.
The teams then traded runs to remain deadlocked. Down 16-15, North Carolina
netted nine straight points to go ahead 24-16 with 8:14 left. However, the
Cavaliers countered with an 8-0 burst of their own to even the game at 24-24
with 6:39 left.
Green finished with four points…Diane finished with eight points in the
loss…North Carolina owns a healthy 120-48 edge in the all-time
series…North Carolina has won 15 ACC titles in school history, tied with
Duke for most among league members. Its most recent came in 1998…The
Cavaliers lone title came in 1976 and the school fell to 30-52 all-time in the
tournament…The two teams had split their previous two meetings.