- Associated Press - Monday, February 2, 2015

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Malcolm Brogdon scored 17 points and No. 3 Virginia’s defense locked down in the second half to beat No. 12 North Carolina, 75-64, on Monday night.

Justin Anderson added 16 for the Cavaliers (20-1, 8-1 ACC), who responded to their first loss of the season by blowing open a tight game at halftime for an impressive road win.

Coming off Saturday’s loss to Duke in one of the program’s biggest home games in years, Virginia erased a 33-32 halftime deficit by shooting 50 percent while holding the Tar Heels (17-6, 7-3 ACC) completely in check to build an 18-point lead and improve to 8-0 in true road games this year.

After shooting 52 percent in the first half, UNC went just 11-for-29 (38 percent) after halftime while preseason ACC player of the year Marcus Paige struggled for open looks against Brogdon’s constant defensive harassment.

Paige finished with 15 on 5-for-10 shooting, though a good chunk of that production came after Virginia had built its big lead and UNC was in desperation-comeback mode late.

Brice Johnson added 14 points for UNC, but fellow starter J.P. Tokoto managed just one point on 0-for-3 shooting.

Worse for the Tar Heels, they were unable to speed up the confident Cavaliers and turn it into an open-court game. UNC managed just two fast-break points, the lone basket not coming until the 1:53 mark of the game.

If there were any questions about how Virginia would respond after the Duke loss, this was a convincing answer that the Cavaliers aren’t easily shaken as they go for a second straight ACC title.

After blowing an 11-point second-half lead amid a barrage of late 3-pointers from the Blue Devils, Virginia took control with a 9-0 burst midway through the second half. And while the Tar Heels struggled to find a response, Virginia kept pushing forward to stretch the lead.

As for the Tar Heels, it marked the second loss in three days against a top-10 opponent. UNC blew an 18-point lead early in the second half at Louisville and lost by 10 in overtime Saturday.

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