|BARNES (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)|
On Wednesday night, against a team that had beaten them the past two years, the fifth-ranked Tar Heels displayed the talented, fast-paced and—most importantly—focused form that everyone expected this season.
Barnes scored a season-high 26 points to help North Carolina beat Texas for its fifth straight win. The Tar Heels (11-2) avenged last season’s last-second loss to the Longhorns in their last major non-conference game before opening ACC play against Boston College on Jan. 7.
WAKE FOREST 87, UNC Wilmington (Seahawks, 11,743 students, Wilmington, NC) 78 -- C.J. Harris scored 23 points and six Wake Forest players reached double figures in a victory against UNC Wilmington on Wednesday night.
Tony Chennault added 15 points for the Demon Deacons (8-4). They let an 11-point lead slip away in the second half before holding UNC Wilmington without a field goal for nearly 5 minutes as part of their 21-6 run.
Freshman Adam Smith had season highs of 32 points and seven 3-pointers, and Keith Rendleman added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Seahawks (3-7).
BOSTON COLLEGE 83, Sacred Heart (Pioneers, 4,192 students, Fairfield, CT) 73 -- Junior Matt Humphrey scored a career-high 18 points to lead Boston College past Sacred Heart Wednesday night in front of 2,263 fans at Conte Forum.
|SCOTT (Joe Nicholson/AP Photo)|
VIRGINIA 83, Seattle (Redhawks, 7,900 students, Seattle, WA) 77 -- Senior forward Mike Scott scored a career-high 33 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the No. 24 Virginia men's basketball team to an 83-77 victory over Seattle University Wednesday night (Dec. 21).
It was the second game of a two-game road trip to the Pacific Northwest for the Cavaliers. UVa opened the trip with a 67-54 win at Oregon on Sunday (Dec. 18).
The victory was the eighth in a row for the Cavaliers and improved their record to 10-1 on the season. It was the sixth consecutive loss for the Redhawks who now have a record of 2-8. The game marked the first time this season a UVa opponent scored more than 58 points.
The double-double was the second in a row for Scott, his fifth of the season and the 29th of his career, tying him for third on Virginia's career list with Scott McCandlish (1970-72). Scott was 12-14 from the field and 9-11 from the free-throw line in the game. He had 19 points and seven rebounds in the first half.