January 15, 2009
The Cavalier men's basketball team lost its fifth straight game to North Carolina dating back to 2006 on Thursday night, falling to the Tar Heels, 83-61. Virginia sees its record fall to 7-7, 1-2 in the ACC, while UNC nets its first conference win of the season.
North Carolina started out the game on a 14-2 run, but an 12-1 Cavalier run pulled them back into the game, led by two Mustapha Farrakhan three pointers. The Tar Heels, however, went on several runs, and opened up a 50-36 lead at halftime.
The second half was all North Carolina, as it used transition points and free throws to sink Virginia, and grab its first ACC win. North Carolina led by as many as 27 points in the second half, and cruised to the 22 point victory.
Tyler Hansbrough scored 16 points in the first half, and finished with 28 points and 12 rebounds. He was 15-of-17 from the free throw line, and only made six field goals. Jamil Tucker led Virginia with 12 points, while Mike Scott and Calvin Baker each scored eleven for the Cavaliers in the losing effort. Sylven Landesberg, who entered as Virginia's leading scorer, was held to just two points.
Virginia will look to bounce back on Tuesday night, as the Cavaliers travel to Maryland for an 8:00pm tip-off.