No. 4 Virginia comes from behind to beat No. 8 UNC

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Virginia's Kihei Clark, left, and North Carolina's Seventh Woods, right, reach for the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Virginia North Carolina Basketball

Sports Writer

Monday, February 11, 2019

CHAPEL HILL — The North Carolina men’s basketball team couldn’t hold onto a slim, late lead on Monday as fourth-ranked Virginia closed strong and defeated the host Tar Heels, 69-61.

The No. 8 Tar Heels owned a 59-57 lead with 4:41 remaining in the game, but didn’t have an answer to the Cavaliers’ Kyle Guy, who found space in the final two minutes to make back-to-back 3-pointers. The second pushed the UNC deficit to 67-61 with 47 seconds remaining.

In all, Virginia closed the game on a 21-6 run.

“Guy made two huge baskets,” UNC coach Roy Williams said. “We had a defensive breakdown on the first one, and Kenny (Williams) got there on the second but he fouled him.”

Guy and teammate De’Andre Hunter each scored 20 points, while Ty Jerome added 15. The three had 55 of the team’s 69 points, as the Cavaliers shot 53.3 percent from the floor.

UNC, meanwhile, shot 35.4 percent (23 of 65). Point guard Coby White, who scored 33 points in an overtime win against Miami on Saturday, scored a team-high 17 points, with Cam Johnson right beind at 16. Garrison Brooks added 12 points, and Luke Maye struggled with a 2-for-10 night and scored four points.

Nearly half of UNC’s shots were 3-pointers, 30 of the 65 total, and at one point in the first half 10 of UNC’s first 15 shots were from 3-point range.

UNC went on a pair of 7-0 runs in the second half, the second of which gave the Tar Heels a 46-43 lead with 12:53 to play. The lead in the second half was the first for UNC since two minutes into the game when Johnson made back-to-back 3-pointers.

With 11:32 left, the Tar Heels opened their largest lead of the game behind a 17-3 run capped by a White 3-pointer that pushed the UNC lead to 49-43.

Virginia didn’t go away and with 6:09 left in the game the Cavaliers tied the score at 55-55 with their own 7-0 run. The teams traded baskets for the three minutes until the Cavaliers pulled away for good.