CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – No. 4 Virginia rallied from a late seven-point deficit to snap No. 8 North Carolina’s seven-game winning streak with a 69-61 victory on Monday.
UNC (19-5, 9-2 ACC) built a 55-48 lead with 7:51 to play on the back of a 17-3 run. That’s when Virginia guard Kyle Guy took over, slowing the Tar Heels’ momentum with a three-pointer before adding two more treys in the final two minutes.
The Cavaliers (21-2, 9-2 ACC) closed the game on a 21-6 run. UNC missed 16 of its final 20 field goal attempts, while Virginia made nine of its final 12 shots.
The Tar Heels overcame a seven-point halftime deficit by manufacturing extra possessions on the offensive glass and using defense to spark tempo and a handful of transition baskets. Their 17-3 run included four layups and a dunk, which stood in stark contrast to a first half in which Virginia had rendered the Heels a jump-shooting team.
UNC shot 35.4 percent from the floor, including 30 percent from three, while Virginia converted 53.3 percent of its field goal attempts (55% 3FG). The Tar Heels outrebounded their opponent, 38-27, and outscored the Cavaliers, 15-2, in second-chance points.
Guy and De’Andre Hunter led Virginia with 20 points apiece. Coby White scored 17 points and Cameron Johnson added 16 points for UNC.
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