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North Carolina vs. Virginia final score: Second half run propels Cavaliers past Tar Heels, 61-52

Virginia used a big second half run to defeat North Carolina 61-52 on Sunday night.

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The Virginia Cavaliers erased an eight-point second half deficit and pulled away late to defeat the North Carolina Tar Heels on Sunday night at John Paul Jones Arena in both teams' ACC opener.

Virginia (11-3, 1-0 ACC) trailed 25-24 at halftime before North Carolina (10-4, 0-1 ACC) pushed the score out to 36-28 with 16:27 left in the game. The Cavaliers responded with a 15-2 run over the next seven-plus minutes to take control. Virginia never let their lead get under three the rest of the way.

Joe Harris scored 12 of his 19 points in the second half to lead Virginia. Evan Nolte scored nine points off the bench, all on three-pointers, including two straight during a crucial stretch in the second half. The Cavaliers made 8-of-14 threes on the night.

Reggie Bullock scored a game-high 22 points in the loss for North Carolina. James Michael McAdoo added 10 points and seven rebounds in the loss. The Tar Heels shot just 37.3 percent from the field.