North Carolina Holds off UK, 82-77
No. 18 North Carolina hit 13 of its final 20 shots, thwarting a handful of Kentucky comebacks including one last push in the final minute, and the No. 11 Wildcats lost their second game in eight days, an 82-78 Tar Heel win in the Dean Smith Center.
The Wildcats (8-3) weren’t at full strength for much of the first half because of foul trouble; he picked up his second with 7:35 to play, sitting the rest of the first half. Carolina took a 33-30 lead into halftime before the second half opened up. And by opened up, “both teams shot more free throws” is the obvious implication. The Tar Heels were 14-of-24 from the foul line in the second half, and Kentucky was 20-of-26.
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Marcus Paige led all scorers with 23 points for North Carolina.
Aaron Harrison led four Kentucky players in double figures; he had 20, including a 3-pointer with 6.1 seconds left to bring Kentucky within three points at 80-77 for one last gasp. But Kentucky didn’t get a steal, and Paige hit two more free throws to seal the final score.
Randle finished with 11 points, five rebounds and four turnovers in 29 minutes.
Photo by James Pennington