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Virginia 65, North Carolina 59

(AP Photo/Mike Kropf)

By HANK KURZ Jr.
AP Sports Writer

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Ben Vander Plas had 17 points and eight rebounds and No. 13 Virginia used a 17-2 second-half run to rally for a 65-58 victory over North Carolina, which lost leading scorer and rebounder Armando Bacot to a left ankle injury early in the game.

Reece Beekman scored 13 points and Armaan Franklin had 12 points and nine rebounds as the Cavaliers (12-3, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their eighth straight meeting with the Tar Heels at John Paul Jones Arena. Freshman Isaac McKneely scored 11 for Virginia, going 3 of 4 from 3-point range.

Bacot rolled his ankle 1:18 into the game and did not return, but North Carolina went on a 21-5 run in the first half and led by seven points early in the second. Franklin started Virginia's rally with a putback dunk, and Vander Plas also had a putback dunk and a pair of 3s, putting Virginia ahead 52-42 with nine minutes left.

RJ Davis led the Tar Heels (11-6, 3-3) with 16 points and Caleb Love and Jalen Washington added 13 each. Washington, a freshman, played 27 minutes in Bacot's absence and matched his season total for field goals with five.

The Tar Heels closed within 58-55 on Love's 3-pointer with 2:47 to go, but McKneely hit a deep 3 in front of the Virginia bench to restore the lead to six. Love made another 3, but Beekman drove an open lane for a dunk, Vander Plas made a steal and dunked, and Kihei Clark forced a turnover to seal it.

Trailing 10-3 after a slow start for both teams, the Tar Heels surged to a 24-15 lead with just under four minutes left in the half. Washington scoring nine in the flurry. Virginia scored 12 of the last 17 points to get within 29-27 at the half.

BIG PICTURE

North Carolina: Justin McCoy, who played two years at Virginia before transferring to North Carolina before last season, was booed when he entered the game. McCoy had been little-used, making only seven appearances and totaling seven points in those games.

Virginia: With the Cavaliers shooting poorly in the first half (9 of 24, 38%), Beekman highlighted his importance with two steals and fast-break layups, and then another steal that led to a two-on-one break with Clark scoring.

January 10, 2023


North Carolina
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
A. Bacot F 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 0 0 0
C. Love G 36 4-13 2-2 3-9 1-4 5 0 0 4 2 13
R. Davis G 35 6-12 1-2 3-5 1-3 1 0 1 4 3 16
L. Black G 30 3-8 0-0 1-5 0-6 0 1 3 1 3 7
S. Trimble G 16 0-2 2-2 0-0 1-1 1 0 0 0 3 2
J. Washington   27 5-11 3-6 0-2 1-6 0 1 0 1 1 13
D. Dunn   21 2-4 0-0 1-3 0-0 0 0 1 1 3 5
J. McKoy   15 1-3 0-0 0-0 1-6 1 0 0 1 1 2
P. Johnson   14 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-3 0 0 0 0 3 0
T. Nickel   4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   199 21-53
(.396)
8-12
(.667)
8-24
(.333)
8-36 9 2 5 13 19 58


Virginia
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
K. Shedrick F 18 1-2 0-0 0-0 2-2 0 1 0 1 2 2
J. Gardner F 15 1-2 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 1 3 3
R. Beekman G 38 5-12 3-4 0-2 0-2 5 1 5 2 0 13
K. Clark G 38 3-8 1-3 0-1 0-2 2 0 2 2 2 7
A. Franklin G 36 4-13 4-7 0-5 1-9 2 3 0 1 0 12
B. Vander Plas   27 6-10 2-3 3-7 1-8 1 3 2 0 2 17
I. McKneely   21 4-5 0-0 3-4 0-1 1 0 0 0 1 11
F. Caffaro   5 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-3 0 0 0 0 2 0
R. Dunn   1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   199 24-52
(.462)
11-19
(.579)
6-19
(.316)
6-32 11 8 9 8 12 65
Officials: Ron Groover, Lee Cassell, Doug Shows




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