The North Carolina men’s basketball team (13-6, 5-3 ACC) defeated the Virginia Tech Hokies (10-9, 2-6 ACC) 78-68 on Monday night, advancing the team’s home’s record to 10-0.
The beginning of the game for North Carolina’s offense was all junior forward Armando Bacot. He scored the first basket of the game off an assist from graduate forward Brady Manek, and then converted an offensive rebound into two points the next trip down. Highlighted by a post hook and lob finish off a pass from sophomore guard RJ Davis, Bacot made his first six shots and accounted for 12 of UNC’s first 14 points. He recorded a double-double in the first half, recording 10 rebounds in the first 20 minutes.
Not long after, senior forward Leaky Black knocked down a wide-open three-pointer to give UNC a 17-6 lead with 13:18 to go in the half. From there, however, the Hokies began to fight back.
Virginia Tech outscored the Tar Heels 15-2, even taking the lead, before Manek made a three-pointer to briefly halt the run.
Later in the half, a few other UNC players began to come alive. Sophomore guard Caleb Love knocked down a pair of three-pointers as well as a technical free throw to help UNC take a 33-30 lead.
Davis closed the half for UNC with a three-pointer of his own and, later, two free throws to give North Carolina a 37-33 halftime lead.
Virginia Tech opened the second half with a pair of quick makes to go up by one. A few possessions later, RJ Davis earned a three-point opportunity after making a layup through contact. He missed the free throw, but Love made a three-pointer on the next possession to go up 44-40.
Black later made another three to reach a season-high 10 points, giving UNC a seven-point advantage.