Feb 25, 2012; Charlottesville, VA USA; North Carolina Tar Heels forward Tyler Zeller (44) shoots the ball over Virginia Cavaliers forward Mike Scott (23) in the first half at John Paul Jones Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE
Tyler Zeller led North Carolina to a gritty 54-51 road victory on Saturday.
Tyler Zeller scored 20 points and John Henson added 15 as the No. 7 North Carolina Tar Heels held on earn a gritty road win over the Virginia Cavaliers, 54-51, on Saturday
Harrison Barnes added seven points and nine rebounds in the victory, though he was 0-for-5 for three-point range.
Virginia, who led the game 30-26 at the half, was led by a balanced attack. Jontel Evans led the team with 13 points while Joe Harris added 12 and Sammy Zeglinski scored 11.
The Heels dominated from the free-throw line, making 18-of-23 (78%), whereas the Cavs shot only six foul shots. That made up for an anemic night from beyond the arc (2-of-14) for the Heels. North Carolina also won the rebounding battle, 44-29.
UNC improved to 2-2 in games decided by five points or less this season.
For more on the North Carolina Tar Heels, check out Carolina March. For more on the Virginia Cavaliers, head over to Streaking The Lawn.