Heels grind out OT win over Virginia Tech
Posted February 2, 2013
Chapel Hill, N.C. —
FINAL: North Carolina 72, Virginia Tech 60: Led by James Michael McAdoo's 22 points and 10 rebounds, North Carolina was able to grind out a 72-60 overtime win against Virginia Tech Saturday afternoon at the Dean E. Smith Center. The win pushed UNC's record to 15-6 overall and 5-3 in the ACC.
Marcus Paige was key in the extra session, scoring eight of 19 points to help the Heels explode for 17 points.
Erick Green led the Hokies with 16 points, but Virginia Tech struggled to generate much offense in the final 10 minutes of regulation and the overtime.
End Regulation: North Carolina 55, Virginia Tech 55: We'll need an extra 5 minutes in Chapel Hill, as the Virginia Tech Hokies and North Carolina Tar Heels are knotted at 55.
James Michael McAdoo leads the Tar Heels with 20 points and 9 rebounds, and Jarell Eddie has 15 for the Hokies.
In a sloppy final four minutes, the Heels and Hokies have combined for just four points.
3:16, 2nd Half: North Carolina 53, Virginia Tech 53: The final three minutes will decide this one, as the Hokies and Heels are knotted at 53 at the under-4 media timeout.
James Michael McAdoo now has 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting, and Jarell Eddie leads Virginia Tech with 15. The Hokies have struggled to get leading scorer Erick Green (14 points) many looks at the basket in the last several minutes.
7:58, 2nd Half: North Carolina 47, Virginia Tech 45: After more than 30 minutes, the home-standing Tar Heels have their first lead. Taking advantage of some poor offensive possessions by the Hokies, North Carolina was able to take a its first lead of the day on a Brice Johnson follow layup.
The Hokies, led by Erick Green's 14 points, have not scored in more nearly four minutes and have only three points since the 15:13 mark.
11:35, 2nd Half: Virginia Tech 45, North Carolina 44: North Carolina tied the game for the first time following a key 9-2 spurt, but Virginia Tech still clings to a 45-44 lead at the under-12 timeout of the second half.
James Michael McAdoo has caught and passed Virginia Tech's Erick Green and leads all scorers with 14 points. Green has 14.
15:13, 2nd Half: Virginia Tech 42, North Carolina 35: The Tar Heels have built some momentum early in the second half on a couple of strong plays by James Michael McAdoo, but the Hokies have maintained their lead thanks to Erick Green, who now leads all scorers with 14 points.
McAdoo's two plays got the Dean E. Smith Center crowd involved, at one point cutting Virginia Tech's lead to 36-33.
Halftime: Virginia Tech 32, North Carolina 26: A strong close to the half for the Hokies, as Virginia Tech scored the final five points of the first 20 minutes to take a 32-26 lead into the locker room. Jarell Eddie leads all scorers with 10 points, and the nation's leading scorer Erick Green has 8 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.
Freshman Marcus Paige has 9 points for the Heels, who responded nicely after a sluggish start. The Tar Heels shot just 9-of-29 from the field (31%) in the first half, while the Hokies finished 14-of-30 (46%).
3:59, 1st Half: Virginia Tech 25, North Carolina 21: The margin stays at four headed into the homestretch of the first half, as the Heels and Hokes traded two baskets each in the last 3 1/2 minutes. Cadarian Raines has joined Erick Green with 8 points to lead Virginia Tech, and James Michael McAdoo has 6 points for the Heels.
7:19, 1st Half: Virginia Tech 21, North Carolina 17: The Tar Heels have arrived after a sluggish start, getting in transition and getting some easy baskets to pull to within two possessions of the Hokies at the under-8 media timeout. Erick Green leads all scorers with 8 points, while North Carolina's Marcus Paige has made two three-pointers to lead the Heels with 6.
11:56, 1st Half: Virginia Tech, 14, North Carolina 5: The Tar Heels continue to struggle on the offensive end, shooting just 2-of-11 in the early going against Virginia Tech. Four players have scored for the Hokies.
14:41, 1st Half: Virginia Tech 12, North Carolina 2: Virginia Tech jumped out to a quick start against the Heels, scoring the first 12 points of the game and building a 12-2 lead at the first media timeout. Erick Green, the nation's leading scorer, has 5 points and an assist.
Pre-game: Looking for a second consecutive win Atlantic Coast Conference action, the North Carolina Tar Heels return home to the Dean E. Smith Center Saturday for a noon showdown with Virginia Tech.
North Carolina has taken care of business on its home floor, winning nine of 10 at the Smith Center this season. The Tar Heels have won four of their last five overall, including Tuesday's 82-70 road win at Boston College. They'll stick around Chapel Hill to host Wake Forest on Tuesday.
Virginia Tech has lost three in a row and seven of its last nine games overall. The most recent of those setbacks came at home against 14th-ranked Miami on Wednesday night, 73-64. Following this tilt, the Hokies will return to Blacksburg, Virginia to host Maryland and Georgia Tech next week.
UNC owns a commanding, 62-13 advantage in the head-to-head series.
The Hokies catch a bit of a break with UNC sophomore guard P.J. Hairston (12.4 ppg) officially out of today's game. Hairston suffered a concussion against BC on Tuesday night after scoring 14 points in 12 minutes during the first half.
Hairston's production is not easily replaced, considering he has made 12 of his last 18 three-pointers and is third on the team in scoring. Still, the cupboard is not exactly bare for coach Roy Williams' squad, as James Michael McAdoo (14.7 ppg, 8.5 rpg) and Reggie Bullock (13.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg) continue to present matchup problems for the opposition.
McAdoo is a menace on the boards, while Bullock is shooting at an impressive 45 percent clip from beyond the arc (48-of-107). On Tuesday night, McAdoo recorded a double-double with 17 points and 10 boards, while Hairston and Dexter Strickland finished with 14 points apiece. The Tar Heels were able to overcome the absence of Hairston in the second half thanks to a 15-point lead at the break.
The Hokies became the eighth consecutive victim of ACC-leading Miami earlier this week. Tech led, 32-29 at the half, but the Hurricanes grabbed the momentum by shooting 50 percent from the floor and knocking down 6-of-13 three-pointers in the second half.
Erick Green scored a game-high 30 points in a losing effort, as he accounted for five of the Hokies' 10 treys on the night. Jarell Eddie contributed 14 points, while Cadarian Raines finished with 10 points and eight rebounds off the bench. After shooting 54.2 percent as a team in the first half, the Hokies were held to 37.9-percent shooting over the final 20 minutes.
On the season, Green continues to lead the nation in scoring, as he is averaging 25.5 points per game. Eddie is next in line with 14.4 ppg, although no other VT player is averaging double figures, and that lack of scoring balance has proven costly throughout the season.
Green has put the Hokies on his shoulders this season, with varying success. But playing on the road against a team of UNC's caliber, Green will no doubt need some help from his supporting cast if Tech is to pull off the upset.