GREENSBORO — North Carolina men’s basketball ran past Virginia Tech, 78-56, in a first-round ACC Tournament matchup on Tuesday that extended its 2020 postseason until at least tomorrow night.
Forward Garrison Brooks scored a team-high 20 for the No. 14 seed Tar Heels, who will play No. 6 Syracuse on Wednesday around 9:30 p.m. Brandon Robinson added 17 for UNC, which out-rebounded the No. 11 Hokies, 45-30, and held them to 29 percent shooting.
Robinson scored eight early points, and UNC went on a 17-3 run early in the first half after trailing 4-0. Virginia Tech heated up from deep, though, and fought back to 21-18 with seven minutes to go. North Carolina responded with seven straight points (including a smooth Leaky Black assist to Armando Bacot for a dunk) to keep a 28-18 lead at the under-four timeout.
Virginia Tech’s Landers Nolley scored eight points, including two tough threes, out of that break to will Virginia Tech back into it, but UNC still led 32-26 at half. The Tar Heels shot 36 percent to the Hokies’ 29 percent, and a 23-17 advantage on the boards was key for UNC.