Scores

Final

(5) North Carolina 83

(15-2, 1-2 ACC)

Virginia 61

(7-7, 1-2 ACC)

9:00 PM ET, January 15, 2009

John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, Virginia

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#5UNC 50 3383
UVA 36 2561

Top Performers

North Carolina: T. Hansbrough 28 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Blk

Virginia: J. Tucker 12 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

Hansbrough's 28 power No. 6 North Carolina past Virginia

Associated Press

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- North Carolina's struggles appear to be over, and a return to basics with a big dose of Tyler Hansbrough and Ty Lawson made it look easy again.

Hansbrough scored 28 points, Lawson had 19 with nine assists, and the Tar Heels (No. 6 ESPN/USA Today, No. 5 AP) beat Virginia 83-61 Thursday night to snap a surprising two-game losing streak in the ACC.

Fast Facts

• North Carolina avoided starting 0-3 in the ACC and wins consecutive games in Charlottesville for the first time since 1997-99.

• The Tar Heels have won five straight vs. Virginia.

• Tyler Hansbrough led North Carolina with 28 points and 12 rebounds, moving past Christian Laettner into sixth place on the ACC's all-time scoring list.

-- ESPN research

"It feels real good," Hansbrough said. "It was kind of frustrating. We've all been trying to get everything straight within the team and I think it was just us wanting to play like we know how to play and doing some things defensively and coming together."

North Carolina (15-2, 1-2) lost at home to Boston College and on the road at Wake Forest (No. 3 USA Today/ESPN, No. 2 AP), but avoided its first 0-3 start in conference play since the 1996-97 season thanks to the two players who once made the Tar Heels seem invincible.

Hansbrough drew double coverage all game and made just six field goals, but he went to the line 17 times and made 15. He also had 12 rebounds, while Lawson was 3-for-3 on 3-pointers.

"He's become one of those players you can't leave open," Hansbrough said.

With Lawson also running the show with precision, the Tar Heels had 21 assists on just 27 field goals, accomplishing another goal that emerged after the losses to BC and Wake Forest.

"We had a discussion," said Danny Green, who scored 13 points. "One of the main reasons we were turning the ball over was either carelessness or selfishness."

North Carolina finished with nine turnovers, none by Lawson in 30 minutes.

"I'm not sure I've seen a better dictated, orchestrated game from a point guard than I did tonight from Ty Lawson," Virginia coach Dave Leitao said. "He was better than advertised."

Virginia (7-7, 1-2) was led by Jamil Tucker with 12 points and Calvin Baker and Mike Scott with 11 each, but got a subpar effort from scoring leader Sylven Landesberg. He missed eight of his nine shots and had two points, 16.5 below his average.

Chalk it up to a learning experience, Leitao said, noting that at times early on, Landesberg seemed to be driving into the lane looking for contact rather than a basket.

"There were two or three blue shirts around him when he tried to make a play," Leitao said. "He's going to face that more."

With Sammy Zeglinski shooting 1-for-8, the Cavaliers' starting guards were a combined 2-for-17, and the team finished 4-for-27 on 3-pointers, 1-for-12 in the second half.

Leading 50-36 at halftime, the Tar Heels wasted no time taking command in the second half.

Lawson had seven points and Hansbrough had five in a 19-7 burst to open the half, giving North Carolina its biggest lead at 69-43. Green finished the run with a thunderous dunk.

From then on, the fans at John Paul Jones Arena focused mostly on jeering Hansbrough when he got the ball -- or got a call from the officials -- and letting Tar Heels freshman Ed Davis know that they haven't forgotten his snub. The son of former NBA player Terry Davis was a prep star in Richmond and had Virginia in his final two schools before picking Carolina.

Davis finished with six points and seven rebounds.

Virginia started pregame introductions by playing a recorded video message from popular former player Sean Singletary, who then drew roars when he came down to the floor through the student section, high-fiving all the way.

The excitement was short-lived. The Tar Heels opened with a 14-2 run and had an 11-2 burst after the Cavaliers closed to 15-14.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UNC
UVA
Points 83 61
FG Made-Attempted 27-64 (.422) 25-82 (.305)
3P Made-Attempted 5-14 (.357) 4-27 (.148)
FT Made-Attempted 24-28 (.857) 7-9 (.778)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 9 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
Largest Lead 27 0

2008-09 Season

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