North Carolina Scores 93 Points on Virginia's Defense in Must-Win Game

Rollin YeattsFeatured ColumnistFebruary 16, 2013

Jan 6, 2013; Charlottesville, VA, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard P.J. Hairston (15) shoots the ball against Virginia Cavaliers forward Akil Mitchell (25) and guard Justin Anderson (23) at John Paul Jones Arena. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

North Carolina (17-8, 7-5 ACC) looked like it wanted this game more than Virginia (18-7, 8-4 ACC) on its way to a 93-81 victory.

UNC fell behind by as many as 10 points in the first half, but P.J. Hairston scored a game-high, and career-high, 29 points to lead the Tar Heels to victory. Joe Harris was able to put up 27 points, but he didn't get enough contribution from the rest of the Cavaliers.

Jontel Evans scored just 12 points, and was the only other Cavalier in double-figures.

Aside from the scoring of Hairston, the Tar Heels looked like the better defense today. And that says a lot when they were playing the No. 2 defense in the country.

They forced UVA into 14 turnovers, and only gave up seven of their own.

Perhaps the tough play of of the Tar Heels in Cameron Indoor was able to carry over to this game. One thing is for sure: Hairston should start every game from here on out.