After a heartbreaking loss to Duke on Wednesday, North Carolina shook off the hangover and stretched out a close game in the second half defeating Virginia 70-52.
Tyler Zeller came up big with 25 points and 9 rebounds while Harrison Barnes and John Henson recorded double-doubles in the win. Barnes had 14 points, 11 rebounds while Henson chipped in 10 points, 10 rebounds.
In the first half, Virginia led most of the way as Carolina looked to be in a funk after Wednesday's loss but James Michael McAdoo provided a boost off the bench and Stilman White relieved Kendall Marshall earning good minutes in the game. Both provided good energy. McAdoo finished with 9 points, 7 rebounds. With P.J. Hariston out with injury, Justin Watts filled in nicely with good minutes.
North Carolina struggled from behind the 3 point arch but dominated the paint, particularly in the second half where they stretch the rebounding edge to 48-31. Reggie Bullock knocked down the only three pointer of the game where the Heels went 1-10 for the game.
Virginia was led by Mike Scott who poured in 18 points while Jontel Evans finished with 12. Virginia actually shot better than Carolina from the floor at 36% to UNC's 35% but it was Carolina's inside presence coupled with Virginia's inability to make threes that accounted for the margin of victory.
It was clear that Wednesday nights loss was still on the mind of Coach Roy Williams, "Needless to say we feel a heck of a lot better today than we did three or four days ago."
The Tar Heels move to 8-2 to stay atop the ACC Standings. They are 21-4 overall and will next face Miami on the road on Wednesday.