No. 4 Virginia is back in the win column after defeating No. 8 North Carolina 69-61 Monday night in Chapel Hill, thanks to a couple clutch 3s off the hands of Kyle Guy. Virginia held the Tar Heels to just 37.1 percent shooting from the field and 31 percent from 3-point range.
De'Andre Hunter also had 20 points for the Cavaliers (21-2, 9-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who played with veteran poise down the stretch after trailing for a good chunk of the second half.
He scored 11 points in the final nine minutes to help No. 4 U.Va. (21-2, 9-2 ACC) bounce back about 48 hours after losing Saturday at home against Duke.
Jerome (5-9, 2-3) added 15 points and 11 assists, one shy of his career high set against Virginia Tech earlier this season.
The Tar Heels trailed 40-32 with a little more than 17 minutes left in the game, before going on a 17-3 run to take a six-point lead. Cam Johnson scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds despite missing part of the final 10 minutes of the game with an ankle injury. Like I have a short memory shooting, we have to have a short memory as a team. It was the first lead for the Tar Heels since they were up 11-8 early in the first half, and they grew the margin to seven multiple times thereafter before Virginia rallied. The three had 55 of the team's 69 points, as the Cavaliers shot 53.3 percent from the floor.
Bianca Cuevas-Moore scored 25 points and Te'a Cooper had 20 to lead SC (17-6), which had won 13 of its past 14 games.
"I feel like we had a great chance to win", Brooks said.
Virginia: The Cavaliers' home loss to the Blue Devils on Saturday gave them more league losses than all of previous year, when they went 20-1 against ACC teams to sweep the regular-season and tournament titles. "I told the team before the game, 'I don't care if we played Duke Saturday, I don't care if we're on the road today.' Every game we come out and we expect to win, no matter where we are and who we're playing against". We were trying to get him those shots.
Among the primary concerns health-wise for Virginia had been the status of starting forward Mamadi Diakite.
White's timing was just as off at the end of the first half when he picked up a loose ball and scored what appeared to be a momentum-swinging basket a split second after UVa. was whistled for a shot clock violation.
Almost half of UNC's shots were 3-pointers, 30 of the 65 total, and at one point in the first half 10 of UNC's first 15 shots were from 3-point range.
With the score tied 59-59, and as the game clock rolled under 3½ minutes, White found himself in a bind near midcourt with the shot clock displaying just one second left.
The Cavaliers had only lost twice heading into the top-10 ACC matchup against the Tar Heels, with both defeats coming against No. 2 Duke. He did not play the rest of the game.
Head coach Tony Bennett says, "We just kept challenging, hang in there, get a stop, we're still in it. Ty was like, 'Relax.' I thought we has some tough stretches, and Carolina did some good things, of course, but you know when you have a guy like Kyle, and the guys just made some plays and we were sound enough". "It wasn't ideal, but I told them this isn't about winning or losing".
"They were ready, and they were locked in".