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Late run propels Tar Heels

Field Level Media

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Joel Berry II scored 21 points as No. 14 North Carolina fought off a few second-half Notre Dame rallies in an 83-66 victory Monday night at the Smith Center.

North Carolina (20-7, 9-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) won a third league game in a five-day span, putting the Tar Heels percentage points behind third-place Duke.

Theo Pinson’s 16 points, Kenny Williams’ 14 points and Cameron Johnson’s 13 points bolstered the Tar Heels, who have their second four-game winning streak since Christmas.

North Carolina hit the 20-win mark for the 14th time in coach Roy Williams’ 15 seasons.

Notre Dame sophomore forward John Mooney scored 15 first-half points on 5-for-5 shooting from 3-point range, finishing with a career-high 18 points. He made all six of his 3-point tries.

Martinas Geben scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half for the Fighting Irish, who had won back-to-back games following a seven-game losing streak. T.J. Gibbs added 10 points despite 1-for-9 shooting from the field.

North Carolina, which was coming off victories against neighboring Duke and North Carolina State, played three ACC games in a five-day stretch for the first time since 1991, when a rescheduled contest caused that busy span.

No. 20 West Virginia 82, TCU 66

In Morgantown West Va., Teddy Allen scored 16 points and Beetle Bolden added 14 as No. 20 West Virginia enjoyed huge production from its bench in its win over TCU.

The Mountaineers (19-7, 8-5 Big 12) avenged their Jan. 22 loss in Fort Worth thanks to their reserves outscoring TCU’s limited bench 38-8.

While 11 West Virginia players saw action, Frogs coach Jamie Dixon essentially used a seven-man rotation. Guard Desmond Bane played 39 minutes despite a gimpy left knee that had him limping throughout the second half

Bane scored 16 points and Vlad Brodziansky finished with 15 for the Frogs (17-9, 5-8), who dropped to 0-6 inside the WVU Coliseum.

West Virginia’s balanced scoring included Daxter Miles with 13 points and Wesley Harris with 11.

The Mountaineers’ Cousy Award finalist Jevon Carter -- coming off a career-best 33-point performance against Oklahoma State -- managed only nine points on 3-of-9 shooting but recorded nine assists.

TCU, needing to bolster its NCAA Tournament resume, trailed by 11 at intermission and never drew closer than five points in the second half.

 

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