UVa Outscored by UNC in Chapel Hill
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- P.J. Hairston scored a career-high 29 points in his second straight start to help North Carolina beat Virginia 93-81 on Saturday.
Freshman Marcus Paige added 17 for the Tar Heels (17-8, 7-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), who snapped a two-game skid with one of their strongest offensive showings this season. North Carolina shot 49.2 percent and hit 13 3-pointers for its best total in a league game while staying with the four-guard lineup it used in Wednesday night's loss at rival Duke.
The Tar Heels had lost by 26 points at third-ranked Miami and by five to the No. 2 Blue Devils in the past week, but they buried shot after shot from outside Saturday and tore through a defense that ranked second nationally by allowing just 52 points per game.
Virginia (18-7, 8-4) hadn't allowed more than 69 points, a total UNC passed with more than 9 minutes left.
From UVa athletics:
Virginia (18-7, 8-4 ACC) is now 6-65 all-time vs. North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
Virginia allowed a season-high 93 points in the loss.
The 93 points allowed by Virginia were the most since allowing 106 to Washington (11/22/10).
The 93 points allowed were the most in ACC action during the Tony Bennett era at Virginia.
Virginia was tied at the half (40-40) for the first time this season.
The 40 first half points and 53 second half points by North Carolina marked season-highs against Virginia.
The Cavaliers made a season-high 12 3-pointers and shot 50 percent or better from beyond the arc for the seventh time.
Virginia shot 58.5 percent (31-53) from the field, marking its first loss since March 14, 2003 (Duke) when shooting 55 percent or better from the field.
Joe Harris led UVA with a career-high 27 points, his fourth consecutive 20-point effort and fifth in the last six games.
Harris has made at least one 3-pointer in 15 consecutive games.
Jontel Evans had a season-high 12 points.
Evans matched a career-high with six turnovers.
Evans (5 assists) moved into ninth on Virginia's career assists list with 373.
Akil Mitchell led Virginia in rebounding (9) for the 18th time.