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COL BKB: North Carolina 82, Va. Tech 68

Jan. 19, 2012 at 11:23 PM

BLACKSBURG, Va., Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Harrison Barnes scored 27 points Thursday and helped No. 8 North Carolina dominate the second half on its way to an 82-68 win over Virginia Tech.

The Tar Heels suffered a 33-point loss to Florida State in their previous outing, their worst defeat under Coach Roy Williams, and found themselves trailing the Hokies by five at halftime.

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Barnes was then joined by John Henson and Tyler Zeller in rallying North Carolina and overcoming Virginia Tech's barrage of 3-point shots.

Henson had 16 points and 16 rebounds while Zeller added 14 points and 11 boards. North Carolina (16-3, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) won the rebounding battle 47-25.

Erick Green scored 17 points for Virginia Tech (16-3, 3-1), which made 13-of-31 attempts from beyond the arc.

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