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UNC vs. UVA Player of the Game: Justin Jackson

Jackson’s terrific first half led the Heels to a huge victory over #14 Virginia

NCAA Basketball: Virginia at North Carolina Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Jackson had eighteen points in the first half to lead Carolina to a big 65-41 victory over the #14 Cavaliers. Jackson had only two second half points, however his 20 point, four rebound, and six assist effort led the Heels over Virginia’s suffocating defense. He shot 50% from behind the arc on 4-8 shooting, and he shot 7-14 overall for the game. He also led the Heels in assists with six assists to only two turnovers.

Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks both get honorable mentions for player of the game. Meeks finished with 13 points, all in the second half, seven rebounds, and three blocks. Hicks had ten points and eight rebounds, and had eight of his points on four stunning dunks. It seemed that he was trying to make his case to be a part of the NBA dunk contest, which was occurring at the same time as the game.

Virginia had been touted all season for their defense, however they were torched by Jackson, who scored effectively both on the perimeter and in the paint. Virginia only allowed an average of 20 points in the paint to opponents all season, however Carolina had 34 points in the paint, most of this because of the efforts of Hicks and Meeks.

Berry overall had a rather down game, however the play of Jackson, Meeks, and Hicks made up for it. Berry had just five points on 2-9 shooting, but Carolina still came away with the big win.

This game was just great all around. Carolina next takes on Louisville at home on Wednesday at 9:00 on ESPN, but until then you can enjoy Hicks’ thunderous dunks: