No. 14 Cavaliers fall to No. 10 Tar Heels 65-41
Box Score Feb. 18, 2017
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP)
Marial Shayok scored 13 points to lead Virginia Saturday night in a loss to No. 10 UNC 65-41.
Justin Jackson scored 20 points for UNC. Kennedy Meeks had all of his 13 points and seven rebounds after halftime for the Tar Heels (23-5, 11-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). They shot 47 percent and led by double figures nearly all night against the ice-cold Cavaliers.
UNC led 34-22 at halftime, never let Virginia closer than nine then ran off 10 straight points to take a 25-point lead and send the Cavaliers to their first three-game skid in a single season in six years.
Virginia (18-8, 8-6) shot 28 percent for the game and finished at 2 for 20 from 3-point range to go with a season-low point output, with every missed shot becoming magnified as the Tar Heels stayed in attack mode.
It was also was the second-lowest point total by an opponent in UNC’s Smith Center, just a basket better than Clemson’s 39 points here in 1995.
UNC finished with a 44-26 rebounding advantage, with much of that edge coming after halftime behind Meeks.
Virginia: The Cavaliers offered up a worst-case scenario Saturday night. If Virginia’s defense can’t rattle an opponent, the Cavaliers’ limited offensive punch gives them little margin for error.
UNC: This was one of several tough games for UNC coming down the regular-season stretch. Winning this rematch of last year’s ACC Tournament championship game by a lopsided margin has to be a boost to an already confident team.
Virginia: The Cavaliers return home Monday night to host Miami.
UNC: The Tar Heels have another big home game, hosting No. 8 Louisville on Wednesday night.