CHAPEL HILL (Sporting Alert) — No. 3 Virginia used a big second half to beat No. 12 North Carolina 75-64 in an Atlantic Coast Conference fixture on Monday night and bounced back from the defeat to Duke at the weekend.
It was a huge win for UVA, which was recording only its seventh win-ever in Chapel Hill and the fourth at the Dean E. Smith Center.
The Cavaliers (20-1, 8-1 ACC) suffered a heart-breaking 69-63 break at home to No. 4 Duke on Saturday, but responded in a big way on the road to stay top of the ACC standings.
Malcolm Brogdon paced Virginia with 17 points and Justin Anderson went 6-of-10 from the floor and 3-of-5 from three-pointers to finish with 16 points.
He also dished out seven assists, three rebounds, two steals and two blocks in the win.
London Perrantes also shot 6-of-10 from the field for 15 points, while Anthony Gill added 13 points and seven rebounds on the night for the Cavaliers.
Marcus Paige paced North Carolina with 15 points and Brice Johnson supported with 14, eight rebounds and three blocks.
Kennedy Meeks finished with 11 points and seven rebounds in the defeat for Tar Heels (17-6, 7-3 ACC), who were dropping back-to-back games.
Virginia shot 53.8 percent in the first half, but trailed 33-32 at halftime, with the Tar Heels going into the half shooting 51.9 percent.
However, North Carolina opened the second half very slowly — scoring just two points in the opening five-minutes, which allowed the travelers, who hit three quick buckets and take a 38-35 lead early in the second half — to take control of the game.
The visitors then went on a 15-4 run to extend their advantage to double figures, at 57-44 with 8:44 remaining in the contest, before blowing the game wide open down the stretch to build an 18 point lead with 3:42 left.
North Carolina cut the gap to 70-61 with a pair of free throws by Marcus Paige with 1:20 remaining, but by then the game was already done and dusted.
“Our guys played the way we needed them to play,” Cavaliers head coach Tony Bennett said after the win.