CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia (Ticker) -- After nearly winning at Virginia last year, Jawad Williams made sure that North Carolina's struggles at University Hall ended quickly.
Williams scored 16 of his 23 points in the first half and Raymond Felton added 16 and eight assists as third-ranked North Carolina ended a five-game losing streak here with a 110-76 thrashing of Virginia in an Atlantic Coast Conference contest.
Winless here since 1999, the Tar Heels (17-2, 6-1 ACC) came close to snapping the streak last season, but Todd Billet - who has since graduated - nailed a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left to lift the Cavaliers to a 74-72 win.
In this one, the Cavaliers (10-8, 1-7) started well when Sean Singletary made a 3-pointer in the opening 33 seconds. Unfortunately for Virginia, Williams helped North Carolina answer back, scoring five points in an 11-0 run. Williams added a layup and Felton buried a jumper to push the score to 20-8 with 14:02 remaining.
Williams scored seven more points, including two off an offensive rebound and a dunk, to make it 39-11 with 6:52 left. The senior forward finished 6-of-8 from the field and Felton and Sean May scored 13 apiece as North Carolina held a commanding 62-26 lead at the half. The Tar Heels shot 62 percent (21-of-32), including 8-of-11 from the arc.
"We played pretty doggone well," North Carolina Roy Williams said. "To score 62 points in the first half and not have two of our starters (score), that means guys came off the bench and gave us some help there. We talked a lot all week about not turning the ball over but getting shots and just making the easiest play available, and I think we did that in the first half."
Rashad McCants, the Tar Heels' leading scorer, and Jackie Manuel did not figure much on the offensive end, combining for five points on 2-of-7 shooting. McCants was hampered by foul problems, picking up three in the first half and ending with four in 18 minutes.
Playing their first game in a week, the Tar Heels displayed more energy than the Cavaliers, who came off a tough battle at Virginia Tech on Thursday. That fact was not lost on either coach.
"We have to understand some things," Roy Williams said. "We had a full week to prepare and Virginia had a pretty short turnaround. That was a big factor in the game."
"We didn't play with energy and seemed hesitant and tentative," Virginia coach Pete Gillen said. "It's a fact that playing Thursday night against Virginia Tech took a lot out of us. I think a combination of losing some games and the quick turnaround hurt us."
The Cavaliers, who shot 25 percent (7-of-28) in the opening 20 minutes, did raise their play in the second half, putting together a 10-4 run with 16:38 to play. But the Tar Heels responded with an 11-0 run shortly after and ballooned their lead to 50 points with a little over five minutes remaining.
May had 20 points and nine rebounds and freshman Marvin Williams chipped in 15 and 10 for the Tar Heels, who finished 60 percent (39-of-65) from the floor with a season-high 14 3-pointers and surpassed 100 points for the sixth time this season.
J.R. Reynolds scored 18 points and Gary Forbes added 11 for the Cavaliers, who were pounded on the boards, 45-26, in losing for the sixth time in their last seven games.
"We have to talk to the team and be positive," Gillen said. "This is one game. It was a terrible game and we played poorly, but we have to play with courage. We're a lot better than the way we played tonight."