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UNC TURN BACK VIRGINIA

February 26, 2012
By Cavalier Dave Forrester of Hugh M Cummings High School



Tar Heels turn back Virginia
By Hank Kurz Jr.

 

The Associated Press

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Tyler Zeller started fast and finished strong.

 

The 7-footer scored 20 points, including a critical dunk with 13.3 seconds left and the shot clock winding down, and No. 7 North Carolina outlasted No. 25 Virginia 54-51 on Saturday.

 

“It was great,” Zeller said of the play in which he got the ball near the right elbow of the free throw line, dribbled twice and slammed it in. “Once I shot faked, Mike Scott was standing there, but he was kind of a little out of position to challenge it, and I knew I just had to go up and finish strong.”

 

The dunk boosted North Carolina’s lead to three points, and the Tar Heels survived an open look from the left corner for Sammy Zeglinski, and a 35-footer at the buzzer from Jontel Evans.

 

John Henson added 15 points, including 11 in the second half, and 11 rebounds as the Tar Heels (25-4, 12-2) kept pace with No. 5 Duke for first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Blue Devils beat Virginia Tech 70-65 in overtime Saturday and will host North Carolina on March 3.

 

They would love to have more of the same from Zeller, who was 7 for 11 from the field on an afternoon when the rest of the Tar Heels were 10 for 40, including 3 for 15 by Harrison Barnes.

 

“Z carried us a great deal of the time, to say the least,” North Carolina coach Roy Williams said.

 

And when it wasn’t Zeller, Henson hurt the Cavaliers. He scored 11 of their 16 points during a stretch of about eight minutes.
The Associated Press

 

North Carolina forward Harrison Barnes goes up for a shot against Virginia’s Joe Harris and Akil Mitchell on Saturday. 

 

 


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