James Michael McAdoo scored 15 points to lead No. 19 North Carolina to a hard fought 60-56 win Saturday in Blacksburg.
Guard Leslie McDonald dropped in 14 points and J.P. Tokoto added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Tar Heels (22-7, 12-4 ACC).
Playing in his last game in Cassell Coliseum, senior Jarell Eddie led the Hokies (9-19, 2-14 ACC) with 18 points and seven rebounds. Freshman Devin Wilson continued his strong play of late with 15 points and seven assists.
It was a game of runs early as Carolina got out to a quick 7-0 lead. Tech closed the gap and went on a 10-0 run midway through the first half before UNC answered with a 10-0 spurt of its own to put the Tar Heel lead at 21-16.
Tech trailed 28-21 at halftime despite scoring just five points in the final 10 minutes of the first half.
Carolina had several chances to put the game away in the second half but the Hokies kept fighting back despite once again being without the services of freshman guard Ben Emelogu and senior big man Cadarian Raines.
Tech outscored UNC by three points in the second half but could never quite take a lead.
With the loss, the Hokies finish with a record of 8-10 at home this season. It marks only the second losing record in the 52-year history of Cassell Coliseum.
The Hokies return to action on the road Tuesday night against Maryland at 8 PM.