No. 25 UNC Cruises Past Virginia 63-43

No. 25 UNC Cruises Past Virginia 63-43

NEW YORK (AP) Brady Manek outscored Virginia in the first half on the way to 21 points and No. 25 North Carolina cruised into the 2022 New York Life ACC Tournament Semifinals with a 63-43 victory Thursday night.

The third-seeded Tar Heels (24-8) will face seventh-seeded Virginia Tech (19-13) on Friday night in Barclays Center, having won 12 of 14.

The sixth-seeded Cavaliers leave Brooklyn with an ignominious record. They scored just 13 points in the first half against UNC, the fewest in the first half of an ACC Tournament game in the shot-clock era.

Jayden Gardner was the only Cavalier in double digits with 17 points.

Virginia went 5 for 27 from the field in the first half, its final bucket coming on a putback dunk by Kadin Shedrick with 6:15 left.

Manek scored 19 in the half on his own, finishing it off with a dunk in the final seconds to put the Tar Heels up 33-13 at the break.

According to North Carolina, it was the first time one of its players outscored an opponent in a first half since Reggie Bullock edged Maryland 21-20 in 2013. It was also the fewest points the Tar Heels allowed in a first half since 12 to East Tennessee State on Dec. 8, 2012.

Armando Bacot had 11 points and 10 rebounds to tie North Carolina’s single-season record for double-doubles.