Feb. 11, 1998

Cavs Give UNC Early Scare, Lose 60-45

Game Box Score

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Antawn Jamison outscored Virginia 13-12 in the second half Wednesday night and top-ranked North Carolina overcame an early 3-point barrage by Curtis Staples to beat Virginia 60-45.

North Carolina (25-1, 11-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) also won despite playing without Shammond Williams for all but four minutes. Williams got into a disagreement with coach Bill Guthridge in the first half and was benched. Williams was coming off a career-high 42 points in a double-overtime win over Georgia Tech.

Virginia (10-14, 2-9) missed 25 of its 30 field goal tries after going 13-for-30 in an inspired opening 20 minutes.

Staples, third on the NCAA's career 3-pointers list, hit six in the first half to help the Cavaliers to a 33-26 lead. But Staples was closely guarded by Ed Cota in the second half and managed just one 3 in six attempts.

Trailing 31-17 after Staples' sixth 3-pointer with 3:15 left in the first half, Jamison scored two straight baskets to start a 9-2 run for the Tar Heels, which brought the deficit under 10 and quieted a raucous crowd.

The second half opened with more of the same as North Carolina outscored the Cavaliers 13-3 over the first seven minutes and slowly pulled away.

Jamison and Vince Carter finished with 19 points each, and Jamison had 14 rebounds. The Tar Heels outrebounded Virginia 47-30, 26-16 after halftime.

Staples had 21 points to lead Virginia, but didn't score after his seventh 3-pointer with 17:56 to play. Colin Ducharme added 13 points while Norman Nolan, averaging 21.1 points coming in, was 3-for-12 and had seven points.

Virginia, just the second team in NCAA history to face the No. 1 ranked team four times in a season, dropped to 0-4 in those games with two losses each to Duke and the Tar Heels. Virginia is 1-19 in its history against teams ranked No. 1.

Staples' seven 3-pointers gave him 387 for his career, 14 behind Doug Day of Radford for No. 2 on the NCAA's career list, and 22 behind career leader Keith Veney, who made 409 for Lamar and Marshall from 1993-97.