UNC: Hairston doubtful for Virginia Tech

UNC: Hairston doubtful for Virginia Tech
January 30, 2013, 6:30 pm
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North Carolina's P.J. Hairston is attended to by a trainer and North Carolina coach Roy Williams after an injury during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Boston College in Boston, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina sophomore guard P.J. Hairston is doubtful for Saturday's game against Virginia Tech after suffering a concussion at Boston College.

Hairston was hurt Tuesday night when he collided with teammate Dexter Strickland on the defensive end during the first half of an 82-70 win. He didn't play again and had to be taken off the court on a stretcher before returning to the bench and wearing a towel over his head.

The school said Wednesday that Hairston returned home with the team and is improving. He is a gametime decision, though trainer Chris Hirth said in a statement that Hairston is ``unlikely'' to play.

Hairston is the team's third-leading scorer at 12.4 points per game. He had made four 3-pointers against BC before his injury.