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Barnes' 27 Leads No. 8 UNC Past Hokies, 82-68

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Harrison Barnes scored nine of his 27 points during a 19-0 second-half run and No. 8 North Carolina bounced back from a 33-point loss at Florida State with an 82-68 victory over Virginia Tech on Thursday night.

John Henson added 16 points, 16 rebounds and six blocks for the Tar Heels (16-3, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who trailed 44-36 before Barnes started the run with two free throws, a jumper and a dunk. Before it was over, it stretched to 31-5 and a 67-49 lead with 8:23 remaining.

The Hokies (11-7, 0-4) missed 15 straight shots during the run and lost their fourth straight. They are off to their first 0-4 start in league play since the 2006 team lost its first six.

Erick Green led Virginia Tech with 17 points and Dorenzo Hudson had 16, all in a dazzling span of less than 8 minutes in the first half.


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