CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.—Hall of Fame coach Roy Williamsdidn't bother with technical talk after his 12th-ranked Tar Heels lost 61-49 at No. 8 Virginia.
"It was a big ole butt kicking. That's all it was," Williams said. "Their defense was a million times stronger than our offense. We didn't have very good movement."


Devon Hall scored 16 points and the Cavaliers held the Tar Heels to 29.6 percent shooting (16-54) and scored 25 points off 19 UNC turnovers. The point total was the second-lowest of the season for UNC, which scored fewer only in a 63-45 loss to No. 1 Michigan State on Nov. 26. The offensive struggles for Williams' team included converting 19 offensive rebounds into just a dozen points.


"Sometimes you recover well, sometimes you get lucky," Hall said. "The guys might have missed open shots."

Hall added seven assists for Virginia (14-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), and De'Andre Hunter had 10 points and seven rebounds.

"He seems to have found his groove right now and I'm really happy for him," Isaiah Wilkins said of Hunter, who led Virginia with 14 points on Wednesday night at Virginia Tech.

The Cavaliers won their sixth in a row and sent the Tar Heels to consecutive losses for the first time since February 2016. North Carolina lost 81-80 at Florida State on Wednesday night.

Joel Berry II led North Carolina (12-4, 1-2) with 17 points and Kenny Williams had 11. Scoring leader Luke Maye (19.3 ppg) was limited to six on 2-for-10 shooting.

"I didn't want him to score," said Wilkins, who guarded Maye much of the game. "I was just trying to frustrate him and things like that."

Virginia trailed only briefly and led 35-28 at halftime. The Tar Heels closed it to 54-48 on a tip-in by Cameron Johnson with 7:17 remaining, but Virginia scored the next seven points on baskets by Hunter and Wilkins and a 3-pointer by Ty Jerome. UNC scored only one more point on a free throw by Luke Maye with 3:35 to play. Maye's make came after he airballed the first attempt, drawing jeers.

"I told Tony (Bennett) that's about as good a defensive game as anybody has played against us, maybe ever, but definitely in a long time," Williams said.

SCORING D
Virginia had three takeaways near midcourt, which particularly irked Williams, who compared it to giving the Cavaliers a 6-0 lead to start the game.

The Cavaliers also forced North Carolina into three shot-clock violations, among the moments the crowd at John Paul Jones arena has taken to celebrating wildly.

Hall had one of the breakaways, which he finished with a dunk, and joked about what he thinks about on such breakaways.

"Most of the time I'm thinking about which dunk I'm going to do," he said as Wilkins scoffed next to him. "I try to keep it simple and make sure I don't miss it."


BIG PICTURE
North Carolina: 
The Tar Heels had a 15-0 disadvantage in points off turnovers in the first half after turning it over 10 times, compared with just four for the Cavaliers. They stayed close with a 23-15 rebounding edge that included 10 on the offensive end, but they scored only eight points off those additional opportunities before the break. They finished with 18 turnovers and were outscored 25-3 off giveaways.
Virginia: Jack Salt doesn't typically have an eye-popping stat line, but the junior center made several hustle plays that coach Tony Bennett always references when asked about him. The plays included a steal that led to a run-out basket for Virginia, a block and several tip-outs to keep offensive possessions alive.


UP NEXT
North Carolina returns home to face Boston College on Tuesday night.
Virginia is at home for the sixth time in seven games when it hosts Syracuse on Tuesday night.

 
 
NC State tops No. 2 Duke 96-85
 

RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina State coach Kevin Keatts saw his team respond to a pair of double-digit Atlantic Coast Conference losses with a fearless style and aggressive play. And for the second time this season, it was good enough for the Wolfpack to take down the nation's No. 2-ranked team -- this time instate neighbor Duke.

Omer Yurtseven had 16 points while Torin Dorn hit two huge 3-pointers in the final 2 minutes to help N.C. State upset the Blue Devils 96-85 on Saturday night, giving the Wolfpack's first-year coach his first league win.

It came roughly six weeks after his team beat then-No. 2 Arizona in an early season tournament.

"I don't know what my team learned, I know what I've learned," Keatts said. "Every team that we play, I'm going to tell them they're ranked No. 2 in the country."

Much like that Arizona win, the Wolfpack (11-5, 1-2 ACC) played with confident control. N.C. State erased an 11-point first-half lead to take a 43-41 lead at the break, then shot 55 percent after halftime and never trailed.

Quite a performance for a team that was coming off an 88-58 loss at Notre Dame on Wednesday, and a 78-62 loss at Clemson before that.

"I don't think this team ever lost confidence," Keatts said, adding: "We just needed to get home and sleep in our own bed. We needed to get home and get some home-cooking. And certainly it worked out."

Yurtseven and Dorn (16 points) led six players in double figures for N.C. State, which finished with a 34-32 advantage on the boards against a team that came in ranked second nationally in rebounding margin.

Duke's offense didn't have much trouble against the first wave of the Wolfpack's fullcourt pressure. Star freshman Marvin Bagley III had 31 points and 10 rebounds, and Duke shot 52 percent. But Duke (13-2, 1-2) made just 3 of 15 3-point attempts and committed 16 turnovers leading to 22 points for N.C. State, which celebrated this one with its rowdy red-clad fans charging to midcourt at the horn.

"We did not play with much poise," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "I thought we were frantic. I think they made us that way. Obviously they deserved to win."

BIG PICTURE

Duke: The Blue Devils have encountered plenty of trouble after making the 25-mile drive from campus in Raleigh in recent years. They had lost three of their last five here against the Wolfpack dating to 2010 -- including a double-digit loss in their national-championship season in 2015 -- and also suffered a first-round NCAA Tournament upset loss to Mercer in PNC Arena in 2014.

N.C. State: The Wolfpack had managed a big-stage moment once this year with its Arizona win to start the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas in easily the best win of Keatts' brief tenure. His team sure found a way to top it.

"We were undefeated when we came to the Arizona game, but we came to this game with a 30-point loss and a 20-point loss before that," Yurtseven said. "So I think it was just us keeping our heads together and sticking in."

DORN'S BIG SHOTS

While the Wolfpack played from in front throughout the second half, it wasn't until Dorn knocked down those huge 3s that the Wolfpack finally had firm control.

Dorn first hit a 3 from the corner over an oncoming Bagley with 2:02 left and N.C. State protecting a four-point lead. Then Dorn hit one to beat the shot clock on an inbounds pass while being fouled by Javin DeLaurier and ending up on the court, a four-point play that pushed the Wolfpack to a 91-80 lead with 1:06 left.

"The first one definitely felt good leaving my hand," Dorn said. "The four-point play, when it left, I got hit and it felt good, too. But I couldn't see it go in because I fell."

DEFENSIVE ISSUES

N.C. State repeatedly scored on drive-and-dish plays to go with a 23-for-25 performance at the foul line. To listen to Duke freshman Trevon Duval, the problem was poor communication.

"We didn't have any communication," Duval said. "And when we did talk, we did get stops. We just have to do it more consistently."

SHORT-HANDED DUKE

The Blue Devils didn't have sophomore big man Marques Bolden due to a sprained knee.

UP NEXT

Duke: The Blue Devils visit Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.

N.C. State: No. 25 Clemson visits the Wolfpack on Thursday night.