Virginia Falls To No. 4 North Carolina, 85-61

VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM Jackie Manuel and Sean Singletary battle for posession during the first half.
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Jackie Manuel and Sean Singletary battle for posession during the first half.
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Feb. 16, 2005

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By KEITH PARSONS
AP Sports Writer

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Rashad McCants had 23 points and Sean May added 17 points and 16 rebounds, helping No. 4 North Carolina pull out an 85-61 victory over Virginia on Wednesday night.

Jawad Williams scored 14 points for the Tar Heels (21-3, 9-2), who moved within one-half game of first-place Wake Forest in the Atlantic Coast Conference. McCants had a season-high six assists as North Carolina won for seventh time in eight games.

With both teams celebrating "Throwback Night" - they donned retro uniforms based on 1980s designs - the Cavaliers (13-10, 4-8) might have taken it a bit too literally. They continued their slowdown tactics started earlier this month by coach Pete Gillen, holding the ball on nearly every possession while the shot clock wound down.

It was a bit reminiscent of the 1982 ACC championship game, when the Tar Heels beat the Cavaliers 47-45 after stalling for the final 7{ minutes. That game - with players such as Michael Jordan, James Worthy and Ralph Sampson on the court - is generally credited with forcing the eventual implementation of the shot clock.

The style certainly has worked for the embattled Gillen, who led Virginia out of the conference cellar with three straight victories.

Against North Carolina, it ultimately failed. The Cavaliers shot only 39 percent and had 17 turnovers, yet still stayed much closer than they did in an earlier matchup this season - the Tar Heels won that one 110-76, handing Virginia its third-worst home loss in school history.

Gary Forbes led the Cavaliers with 23 points on 8-of-11 shooting.

North Carolina freshman Marvin Williams missed the game with a sprained left toe, the first time he's sat out this season. As the sixth man for the Tar Heels, he was averaging 11.2 points and 6.7 rebounds, but he was hardly missed.


 

 

After Virginia closed to 24-20 on two free throws by T.J. Bannister, North Carolina took control with a 15-2 run, led by 3-pointers by McCants and Raymond Felton. The margin eventually reached 19 before the Tar Heels faltered slightly, perhaps lulled to sleep by the pace of the game.

The Cavaliers cut the margin to 12 on Sean Singletary's 3 before May converted a nifty lob pass from Felton into an easy basket. Later, McCants completed an 11-4 spurt by swishing a jumper from beyond the arc, and the lead was 65-44.