Guy’s late-game heroics lifts No. 4 Virginia over No. 8 UNC

Kevin Larkin

Kevin Larkin

"I told the team before the game, 'I don't care if we played Duke on Saturday, I don't care if we're on the road (Monday)". "The blue-collar mentality and the chip on our shoulder really makes it easy for us to make those big shots".

Guy's back-to-back 3-pointers in the final two minutes helped the Cavaliers beat the eighth-ranked Tar Heels 69-61 on Monday night, and Virginia remained near the top of the Atlantic Coast Conference standings after a weekend loss to No. 2 Duke. During the Cavaliers' run, they had no turnovers and made seven of their last eight shots.

Mike Tyson memorably said that everyone has a game plan until they get punched in the mouth. "He's always one shot away from getting it going and he did a great job of setting the guy up and coming out the other side".

Winners of six straight, the No. 8 UNC Basketball have found a steady groove as they enter the latter stages of the regular season.

As a result White finished with a team-high 17 points instead of 20, but more importantly, North Carolina (19-5, 9-2 ACC) finished with 61 points.

"Guy made two huge baskets", UNC coach Roy Williams said.

In contrast to their fast-paced burst earlier in the half, UVa's closing 21-6 run seemed to happen in slow motion.

"Their defense was better than our offense", Williams said. "But we didn't do that".

Jerome continues to play with the sore back that forced him to sit out against Miami on February 2, marking the first game the junior missed in his career.

The game was closer than that throughout much of the night - UNC took the lead in the second half and was threatening to win, leading by seven points with 8:58 to go - but Virginia made stops and big shots down the stretch. A three-pointer from Guy cut North Carolina's lead to four, 55-51, with 7:26 left to play, and the Cavaliers regained some momentum.

Virginia went into the break up 36-29.

White led North Carolina in scoring with 17 points, although he did it on just 6-19 shooting from the field.

"They didn't do anything differently", UNC's Cameron Johnson said. "Everybody knows that Virginia is a good defensive team and they make it hard for you to do".

UNC, meanwhile, shot 35.4 percent (23 of 65). I said, 'This is an important game to get back to what we need to do'. "We couldn't do nothing, but we still had to move on to the next possession". So the coaching staff was one team and the players split into two more, as Badocchi played away with songs ranging from Beethoven to Michael Jackson to The Weeknd. Virginia scored on the next possession and never lost the lead the final three minutes of the contest. "Every game we come out and we expect to win.' No matter where we are, and no matter who we're playing against". "I'm sure it was a relief for our guys".

(14) Kansas 82, TCU 77 (OT): In Fort Worth, Texas, Devon Dotson scored 25 points, including six free throws in the final 40 seconds of overtime, and the Jayhawks beat the Horned Frogs for their second win in a row while starting four freshmen.

The Cavaliers return to action Saturday at John Paul Jones Arena at 2 p.m. against Notre Dame.

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