Virginia 77

(12-5, 2-4 ACC)

(7) North Carolina 96

(12-4, 2-3 ACC)

    12:00 PM ET, January 24, 2004

    Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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    UVA 40 3777
    #7UNC 42 5496

    Six UNC players score in double figures

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Rashad McCants scored 26 points to lead six North Carolina players in double figures and the Tar Heels (No. 11 ESPN/USA Today; No. 7 AP) beat Virginia 96-77 on Saturday.

    Sean May scored 17 points for the Tar Heels (12-4, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who improved to 17-2 against the Cavaliers in the Smith Center. Raymond Felton added 11 points and eight assists.

    Devin Smith scored 16 points to lead Virginia (12-5, 2-4), which had won six of eight meetings coming in, while J.R. Reynolds added 15.

    It was a much-needed win for North Carolina. The Tar Heels were coming off Thursday's 90-81 overtime loss at Florida State, a game in which they blew a 24-point lead. In addition, they were trying to avoid their fourth loss in league play.

    North Carolina got off to a fast start Saturday, but allowed Virginia to hang around before taking control with a 26-6 second-half run.

    Virginia trailed 42-40 at halftime, but took a 49-48 lead on Smith's slam off a steal at midcourt with 17:50 to play.

    But the Tar Heels finally got their transition game going, fueling the big spurt. Jackie Manuel got the run going with a fast-break slam off a feed from McCants for a 55-52 lead with 14:48 to play.

    The run featured plenty of easy scores. McCants had two dunks, one coming off an alley-oop pass from Felton and the other off a Virginia turnover. Felton hit a driving layup in transition, then found a cutting Manuel for a layup and a foul on the next possession.

    At one point during that spurt, North Carolina hit seven of eight shots. All but one came from inside the paint.

    North Carolina ended the run with 15 straight points, the last coming off a fast-break layup by David Noel, for a 79-58 lead with 7:48 left. Virginia never challenged after that.

    North Carolina shot 17-for-27 in the second half and held a 38-27 rebounding advantage.

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