No. 3 North Carolina routs Virginia 76-61

February 7, 2009 3:33:16 PM PST
Wayne Ellington scored 20 points and No. 3 North Carolina shook off a sluggish start to beat Virginia 76-61 on Saturday for its seventh straight win. Tyler Hansbrough had 15 points and 13 rebounds, Danny Green added 17 points and Ty Lawson scored all 10 of his points during the game-breaking run while adding nine assists for the Tar Heels (21-2, 7-2).

The Atlantic Coast Conference's hottest team overcame a slow first half by shooting 50 percent in the final 20 minutes and outscoring the Cavaliers 29-11 during a 13-minute stretch that bridged halftime.

Next up: No. 4 Duke on Wednesday night in a matchup of the ACC's co-leaders and the latest renewal of college basketball's fiercest rivalry.