Hairston, UNC pull away from Virginia in 93-81 win
Posted February 16, 2013
Chapel Hill, N.C. — FINAL: UNC 93, Virginia 81
UNC and Virginia went into halftime tied at 40 but a big second half, and a career-high 29 points from PJ Hairson, lifted the Tar Heels to an easy 93-81 win over Virginia Saturday at Dean E. Smith Center. With the win, UNC improved to 17-8 (7-5 ACC).
The teams combined for 25 three-pointers - UNC was 13-for-28 while Virginia was 12-for-21.
Marcus Paige finished with 17 points, four assists and three rebounds; Dexter Strickland scored 12 with six assists and Reggie Bullock has 11 points, four assists and four steals. James Michael McAdoo did not start but finished with nine points and 10 rebounds.
3:24 2nd: UNC 83, Virginia 71
At the final media break, UNC leads by 12 on Virginia and has become the first team to score more than 80 points against the Cavs in 83 games.
PJ Hairston has scored a career-high 25 points. Dexter Strickland bacame the fourth UNC player in double figures joining Bullock, Paige and Hairston. McAdoo is still stuck on nine and nine.
7:24 2nd: UNC 76, Virginia 63
The 76 points scored by UNC already are the most Virginia has given up in a game all year as the Tar Heels are in complete control up 13.
Reggie Bullock has joined Hairston and Paige in double figures.
Virginia's Joe Harris is the lone Wahoos bright spot as he has scored 15 of the team's last 17 points and has 22 for the game.
11:30 2nd: UNC 62, Virginia 55
PJ Hairston is up to 22 points, Marcus Paige is up to 12 and UNC has gained control on their home court as they lead Virginia by seven midway through the second half.
Virginia continues to shoot well at over 54 percent, but have committed 11 turnovers and still do not have an offensive rebound.
James Michael McAdoo is one rebound and one point shy of yet another double-double.
15:46 2nd: UNC 50, Virginia 42
North Carolina came out of the break on an 8-0 run and PJ Hairston is up to 18 points as the Tar Heels lead Virginia by eight at the first media timeout of the second half.
HALFTIME: UNC 40, Virginia 40
PJ Hairston has found the hot hand for UNC as he's hit four 3-pointers and has 14 points and the Tar Heels head to halftime tied with hot-shooting Virginia.
UNC leads the offensive rebounding 5-0 and leads the turnover battle 8-4 but the Cavs are shooting nearly 63 percent from the floor.
The teams have also combined for 14 three's in the first 20 minutes.
Paul Jesperson joins Hairston in double digits at the break.
2:44 1st: Virginia 32, UNC 31
A 10-0 UNC run gave them their first lead of the game at 31-30. They trail by just one at the under-4 timeout despite Virginia shooting 67 percent from the floor.
Virginia has been their own worst enemy as they still are without an offensive rebound, have turned the ball over eight times and have committed nine fouls. UNC, meanwhile, has just two turnovers and has pulled down five offensive boards.
7:12 1st: Virginia 30, UNC 23
Virginia's hot shooting continues as they are 11-for-14 from the floor and 6-for-8 from behind the arc and lead UNC 30-23.
UNC is hanging close in large part to five Virginia turnovers. Marcus Paige has seven points to lead UNC.
10:45 1st: Virginia 19, UNC 17
Virginia had built their lead to a game-high 10 points, but three-pointers by PJ Hairston and Marcus Paige helped the Tar Heels close the gap quickly as they are on an 8-0 run and trail by just two.
Virginia is shooting nearly 78 percent from the floor but has four turnovers and is yet to grab an offensive rebound.
15:07 1st: Virginia 13, UNC 4
Virginia and Joe Harris came out of the gate firing against the small UNC lineup and jumped out to a 13-4 lead on the Tar Heels.
Roy Williams went to the bench before the first media timeout to put Bryce Johnson and James Michael McAdoo in to regain height.
All five Virginia starters have scored led by Harris' five points.
20:00 1st: North Carolina vs Virginia
Joel James has been ruled out of Saturday's game against Virginia with a concussion he suffered earlier in the week. The Tar Heel starters will be Marcus Paige, Dexter Strickland, Reggie Bullock, PJ Hairston and Leslie McDonald.
Three days after falling to Duke, the North Carolina Tar Heels return back to the Dean E. Smith Center Saturday for a noon showdown with the Virginia Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers, who have won three in a row and seven of their last eight games overall, will be going for the season sweep of the Tar Heels after downing them 61-52 Jan. 6.
Virginia currently holds down third place in the ACC standings behind second- ranked Duke and No. 3 Miami. They had little trouble disposing of Virginia Tech on Tuesday, 73-55.
North Carolina went on the road this past week and lost to Miami last Saturday (87-61) and Duke on Wednesday (73-68). Prior to those back-to-back losses against top-5 foes, the Tar Heels had won six of seven and were making a move up the ACC standings.
Still, they have to like their chances of getting back on track as the Tar Heels are 11-1 at home this season. UNC leads the all-time series, 127-50.
Sophomore James Michael McAdoo headlines the Tar Heels' lineup with 14.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Junior Reggie Bullock is next in line with 14.2 ppg and 5.7 rpg, followed by another sophomore, P.J. Hairston, with 12.6 ppg.
While McAdoo holds down the paint, Bullock and Hairston can really inflict some damage from the perimeter. That duo has combined to knock down 107 threes on 41-percent accuracy. UNC is +8.4 in scoring margin (77.9 ppg) on the season and +4.5 on the boards (41.5).
After getting blown out of the gym by Miami a few nights earlier, the Tar Heels rebounded with a much better effort against second-ranked Duke, although the end result was still the same. In fact, they led for the first 26 minutes until the Blue Devils began to seize control.
Ultimately, UNC's 13-of-23 effort at the foul line proved costly, particularly a 3-of-10 stretch late in the contest. Hairston finished with a team-high 23 points in the loss, while Bullock scored 15.
UVA's Joe Harris buried five 3-pointers in the first half against Virginia Tech and finished with a career-high 26 points. Teammate Akil Mitchell chipped in with 17 points and eight rebounds in the victory, but it was the Cavaliers' strong defensive effort that was the difference as they limited the Hokies to 34.6-percent shooting.
They held VT's Erick Green, the national scoring leader, without a field goal until nearly four minutes into the second half. He finished just 4-of-17 from the floor after torching UVA for 35 points in the first meeting a few weeks earlier.
On the season, the Cavaliers lead the ACC and rank third nationally in scoring defense, limiting foes to 52.3 ppg.
On the offensive end of the floor, Harris is scoring a team-high 16.3 ppg and is shooting at a 48.4-percent clip from beyond the arc (59-of-122). Mitchell is next in line with 12.8 points to go along with a team-best 8.8 rebounds per tilt.
If the Cavaliers hope to sweep the season series, they'll have to do so on the road against a Tar Heels team that is desperate to get back into the win column.