CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- North Carolina looked back on the
program's last five trips to Charlottesville and found more than
enough motivation to handle the slumping Cavaliers.
Intent on avenging five consecutive losses at University Hall,
the No. 3 Tar Heels took control early and never relented in a
110-76 victory over Virginia on Saturday.
"We did have it in the back of our minds," said Rashad
McCants, who didn't need to score in the first half as his
teammates built a 62-26 advantage.
It was the third-worst home loss in school history for the
Cavaliers, who hadn't lost to North Carolina on their home court
since Feb. 20, 1999.
"I've never lost like that in my life, not even in a video
game," Virginia forward Gary Forbes said. "It's tough, but
they're a great team."
The Tar Heels led 16-8 when they started a 26-3 run with 14:20
to play in the first half. The Cavaliers were 1-of-10 with seven
turnovers during the 8½-minute spurt, which ended with North
Carolina ahead 42-11.
It never got better. When Melvin Scott made a 25-footer 4
seconds before halftime, it gave North Carolina eight 3-pointers in
the half and a 36-point lead. Virginia had made just seven field
goals in 28 tries.
"We played pretty doggone well," coach Roy Williams said more
than once after the game, once adding, "I guess that's an
Roy Williams said he made sure his team knew about the Tar
Heels' futility at Virginia before the game. It also helped having
a week off while the Cavaliers had lost 37 hours earlier at
"Our guys were ready to play, and they were rested," he said.
The Cavaliers (10-8, 1-7) lost 79-73 in Blacksburg on Thursday
night, but coach Pete Gillen said that didn't excuse their
"This is one game. It was a terrible game. We played very
poorly, but it's not what lies ahead of us, it's what lies within
us," he said.
"We've got to play with fortitude and courage."
He also said he can't concern himself with growing talk in
Charlottesville that after seven years, it's time for a coaching
"We're halfway through the conference play. I guess we're 1-7.
We've still got nine games to play. Hopefully we'll do better," he
J.R Reynolds led Virginia with 18 points, but got 13 in the
second half when both coaches emptied their benches. Forbes added
North Carolina hit triple digits on the scoreboard with 4
minutes left and went 14-of-23 from 3-point range. They had 13
players score, finished shooting 60 percent for the game and
outrebounded the Cavaliers 45-26.
The highlight for the Cavaliers came in the waning minutes, when
Gillen put seldom-used Billy Campbell and Hank Nacey into the game.
Campbell scored 8 points and hit two 3-pointers, and Nacey scored
on a layup.