The Associated Press

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina beat its two biggest rivals, then pulled away late to beat Notre Dame to cap a demanding stretch.

The 14th-ranked Tar Heels are tired. They also might have found a groove.

Theo Pinson scored 14 of his 16 points after halftime to go with 10 rebounds, helping UNC pull away late to beat Notre Dame 83-66 on Monday night for its third win in five days.

Things certainly look different from 10 days ago for the Tar Heels (20-7), who were coming off their first three-game losing streak in four years and a win against a winless-in-the-ACC Pittsburgh team before the stretch.

“You could tell we were out there and had a rhythm,” Pinson said. “But at the same time, it’s still tough recovering so fast, going from game to game. … It was a big-time stretch for us.”

Also Monday:

No. West Virginia 82, TCU 66: MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Teddy Allen scored 16 points, giving West Virginia (19-7) a needed spark off the bench.

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