01/21 20:09 CST No. 11 North Carolina beats No. 10 Virginia Tech 103-82
No. 11 North Carolina beats No. 10 Virginia Tech 103-82
By AARON BEARD
AP Basketball Writer
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) --- Freshman Coby White scored 27 points and No. 11
North Carolina knocked down a season-high 16 3-pointers to beat No. 10 Virginia
Tech 103-82 on Monday night.
Fellow rookie Nassir Little added a season-high 23 points for the Tar Heels
(15-4, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who struggled out of the gate to fall
behind by nine while making just 1 of their first 12 3s.
But it wasn't long before just about everything started falling from behind the
arc, an avalanche that sparked a game-turning 20-0 run that pushed UNC to a
45-31 lead by halftime.
UNC made 15 of its last 22 3-pointers, finished the game shooting 54 percent
and led by as many as 27 points.
Ahmed Hill scored 20 points for the Hokies (15-3, 4-2), who made 6 of 7
3-pointers in a fast start only to end the half by going nearly 6 minutes
without a basket.
Virginia Tech: This was the Hokies' second road game against a ranked opponent
in the past week. Things went poorly in the first at No. 3 Virginia, with the
Hokies struggling at both ends in a woeful first half en route to a 22-point
loss. They had a better start by moving the ball crisply (seven assists on
their first eight baskets) and knocking down a barrage of outside looks. But
they cooled a bit then had little answer for the Tar Heels' game-turning
flurry, which came after starting point guard Justin Robinson headed to the
bench with his third foul at the 9:52 mark.
UNC: The Tar Heels were coming off a win at Miami that pushed them to 3-0 on
the road in ACC play for only the fourth time in 16 seasons under Hall of Fame
coach Roy Williams. This time they shook off that flat start once they started
knocking down all the looks they were missing in the opening minutes. It
helped, too, that the Tar Heels' touted freshmen only got hotter as the game
wore on. White finished with seven rebounds and six assists, while Little had
his third straight double-figure scoring output with six rebounds.
Virginia Tech: The Hokies host Syracuse on Saturday night.
UNC: The Tar Heels visit Georgia Tech on Saturday night.
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