Thanks to its defense, UNC tops Virginia 61-57 for ACC title

Mar 13, 2016 1:51 AM by Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - No. 7 North Carolina held No. 4 Virginia without a field goal for more than 8 minutes in the second half, and Joel Berry II scored 19 points Saturday night, giving the Tar Heels a 61-57 victory for their first ACC Tournament title since 2008.

Since then, coach Roy Williams had led UNC to four finals and lost each one.

Marcus Paige added 13 points for North Carolina (28-6), which won its 18th league championship.

Malcolm Brogdon led Virginia (26-7) with 15 points, but the conference player of the year was limited to 6 of 22 on field-goal attempts, 2 of 9 on 3s. In all, Carolina held the Cavs to 37 percent shooting.

Now comes the NCAA Tournament and an all-but-certain No. 1 seeding that often feels like a birthright for the kids who wear Carolina blue.

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