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North Carolina 76, Virginia 56

February 27, 1998

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ Tracy Reid negated any need for another lengthy game between No. 10 North Carolina and Virginia, scoring 31 points to power the Tar Heels to a 76-56 victory over the 15th-ranked Cavaliers in Friday’s quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

The teams had played a combined five overtime periods in their two regular-season meetings, but the Tar Heels (22-6) took control this time with a 13-2 run that closed the first half. The surge, which included five points by Reid and four by LaQuanda Barksdale, put North Carolina up by 13 at halftime, and Virginia (18-9) got no closer than 11 the rest of the way.

The Cavaliers committed 31 of the game’s 53 turnovers on the way to their fourth loss in five games and their most lopsided defeat in the conference tournament since 1989.

Virginia had been holding opponents to an ACC-low 38-percent shooting, but the Tar Heels made 49 percent, including a 12-of-18 performance by Reid.

Reid added 12 rebounds, five steals, four blocks and three assists as the Tar Heels moved closer to a shot at their fourth conference title in five years. North Carolina also got 17 points from Chanel Wright.

DeMya Walker had 17 points for Virginia, which fell behind by as many as 22 in the second half. The Cavaliers’ Mimi McKinney added 16 points and 13 rebounds and Lesley Brown had 11 points.

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