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No. 8 Tar Heels hold off Hurricanes 88-85 in overtime

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina hit every big shot it needed in an unexpectedly dire situation at home against struggling Miami. That allowed the eighth-ranked Tar Heels to hang on for their best Atlantic Coast Conference start under Roy Williams.

Freshman Coby White matched his season high with 33 points and Luke Maye and Kenny Williams each hit critical 3-pointers to help the Tar Heels edge the Hurricanes 88-85 in overtime Saturday. The victory pushed the Tar Heels (19-4) to 9-1 in the ACC for the first time in their 16 seasons under their Hall of Fame coach.

''I feel very fortunate to say the least,'' Roy Williams said. ''I questioned our kids' toughness throughout the whole game, and was still doing it at the end. But I think they answered it pretty well down the stretch. They made plays, made shots.''

They sure did. Big ones, too.

First there was White, who scored 23 points with six 3-pointers in the second half alone. That included one with 41.0 seconds left in regulation to bring UNC to within 75-74.

Next was Maye, who hit the overtime-forcing 3 with 10.2 seconds left.

Finally there was Kenny Williams, the senior defensive stopper who had been quiet offensively before hitting the go-ahead 3 with 2:08 to go in overtime.

The Tar Heels struggled all day to slow 5-foot-7 Chris Lykes and the Hurricanes (10-13, 2-9). Lykes finished with 19 of his 27 points after halftime, including a 3 over 6-6 defender Nassir Little with 1:31 left that gave Miami a 72-71 lead.

But on Miami's final possession, with UNC fouling to protect a three-point lead, White poked the ball loose from Lykes. Williams dove on the floor to recover the ball for a game-sealing turnover that allowed UNC to kill the final seconds.

''Chris Lykes at one end, Coby White at the other was quite a show,'' Miami coach Jim Larranaga said, adding: ''We came ever-so-close to accomplishing what we hoped to do today.''

BIG PICTURE

Miami: The Hurricanes, who won just once in January, shot 57 percent and made 10 3-pointers in the second half to flirt with a stunning road win. They led by seven with 7:34 left in regulation before falling to 0-7 against ranked teams this season.

UNC: The Tar Heels have been rolling since a lopsided home loss to Louisville on Jan. 12, winning the last four games by double-digit margins. That included going for 113 points in Tuesday's win against rival North Carolina State. The Tar Heels nearly squandered all that momentum in one afternoon, too.

JOHNSON'S STATUS

Miami got bad news Friday when starter Zach Johnson (13.1 points) sprained an ankle in practice, leaving his status in doubt for the game. Larranaga said the 6-2 redshirt senior traveled with the team and wanted to give it a go despite wearing a protective boot.

He ended up with 13 points and two big shots, the first being a corner 3 with 46.9 seconds left for a 75-71 lead in regulation. Then he hit a midrange shot with 19.6 seconds left to make it 77-74, though Maye followed with the OT-forcing 3.

WILDLY FAMILIAR

That's two straight wild games between Miami and UNC in Chapel Hill.

Last year, Miami blew a 16-point lead but won when Ja'Quan Newton hit a running 3-pointer from near midcourt at the horn in a 91-88 win. This time, Lykes missed a 3 to end regulation.

''Some of the shots that guys hit today,'' Lykes said, ''kind of felt like last year.''

SET CALLS

Roy Williams said he called ''more plays the last five minutes than I've called in the entire year.'' That included the late 3s by Maye and Williams.

''It's always easy when Coach calls a set for you,'' Kenny Williams said. ''That's an extra bit of confidence from Coach. I had no other choice but to try to come through.''

WHITE'S NUMBERS

White is the first UNC freshman to score at least 33 points twice in a season. He also is the first Tar Heel to post at least 33 points and six assists in a game since Joseph Forte against Tulsa in November 2000. Program great Charlie Scott (twice) is the only other player to do so.

UP NEXT

Miami: The Hurricanes host Clemson on Wednesday night.

UNC: The Tar Heels host third-ranked Virginia on Monday night.

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Key Players
A. Lawrence II
3 G
L. Maye
32 F
29.5 Min. Per Game 29.5
14.9 Pts. Per Game 14.9
2.1 Ast. Per Game 2.1
9.9 Reb. Per Game 9.9
44.7 Field Goal % 43.9
34.5 Three Point % 33.7
73.7 Free Throw % 78.4
  Offensive rebound by North Carolina 0.0
  Brandon Robinson missed jump shot 1.0
  Lost ball turnover on Chris Lykes, stolen by Coby White 2.0
  Personal foul on Coby White 8.0
+ 1 Cameron Johnson made 2nd of 2 free throws 12.0
+ 1 Cameron Johnson made 1st of 2 free throws 12.0
  Personal foul on Chris Lykes 12.0
+ 3 Zach Johnson made 3-pt. jump shot 26.0
+ 2 Luke Maye made jump shot 40.0
+ 3 Chris Lykes made 3-pt. jump shot 1:05
+ 1 Coby White made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:15
Team Stats
Points 85 88
Field Goals 32-68 (47.1%) 31-66 (47.0%)
3-Pointers 14-31 (45.2%) 13-26 (50.0%)
Free Throws 7-7 (100.0%) 13-17 (76.5%)
Total Rebounds 39 32
Offensive 9 3
Defensive 26 26
Team 4 3
Assists 14 15
Steals 6 9
Blocks 3 4
Turnovers 15 10
Fouls 16 13
Technicals 0 0
27 PTS, 2 REB, 4 AST
33 PTS, 3 REB, 6 AST
12OTT
away team logo Miami (Fla.) 10-13 3047885
home team logo 8 North Carolina 19-4 31461188
Team Stats
away team logo Miami (Fla.) 10-13 71.8 PPG 35.8 RPG 12.9 APG
home team logo 8 North Carolina 19-4 85.8 PPG 47.1 RPG 18.8 APG
Key Players
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C. Lykes G 16.2 PPG 2.7 RPG 3.2 APG 40.6 FG%
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C. White G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
C. Lykes G 27 PTS 2 REB 4 AST
C. White G 33 PTS 3 REB 6 AST
47.1 FG% 47.0
45.2 3PT FG% 50.0
100.0 FT% 76.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Lykes 27 2 4 10/23 5/11 2/2 1 41 1 0 6 0 2
A. Lawrence II 17 9 5 6/13 3/8 2/2 4 39 1 0 3 0 9
D. Vasiljevic 11 7 2 5/9 1/5 0/0 2 40 0 0 2 0 7
E. Izundu 9 10 0 4/6 0/0 1/1 4 39 1 2 0 5 5
A. Mack 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 12 1 0 0 1 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Lykes 27 2 4 10/23 5/11 2/2 1 41 1 0 6 0 2
A. Lawrence II 17 9 5 6/13 3/8 2/2 4 39 1 0 3 0 9
D. Vasiljevic 11 7 2 5/9 1/5 0/0 2 40 0 0 2 0 7
E. Izundu 9 10 0 4/6 0/0 1/1 4 39 1 2 0 5 5
A. Mack 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 12 1 0 0 1 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Z. Johnson 13 3 2 4/13 3/5 2/2 2 34 2 0 3 2 1
S. Waardenburg 8 3 1 3/3 2/2 0/0 3 19 0 1 1 1 2
W. Herenton 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
D. Hernandez - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Miller Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. McGusty - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Gak - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Proctor - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 85 35 14 32/68 14/31 7/7 16 225 6 3 15 9 26
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. White 33 3 6 11/16 7/10 4/5 2 32 2 1 3 0 3
L. Maye 20 6 2 7/15 2/4 4/6 2 39 1 1 2 1 5
C. Johnson 12 4 1 3/11 2/7 4/4 2 37 1 0 1 1 3
G. Brooks 6 6 2 3/6 0/0 0/0 1 32 1 0 0 1 5
K. Williams 5 3 1 2/5 1/4 0/0 2 34 2 1 2 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. White 33 3 6 11/16 7/10 4/5 2 32 2 1 3 0 3
L. Maye 20 6 2 7/15 2/4 4/6 2 39 1 1 2 1 5
C. Johnson 12 4 1 3/11 2/7 4/4 2 37 1 0 1 1 3
G. Brooks 6 6 2 3/6 0/0 0/0 1 32 1 0 0 1 5
K. Williams 5 3 1 2/5 1/4 0/0 2 34 2 1 2 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Little 10 6 0 4/8 1/1 1/2 1 26 0 1 1 0 6
B. Huffman 2 1 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 3 0 0 0 0 1
B. Robinson 0 0 1 0/2 0/0 0/0 1 6 2 0 0 0 0
S. Woods 0 0 2 0/2 0/0 0/0 1 13 0 0 1 0 0
A. Platek 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
S. Rush - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. McAdoo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Manley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Miller - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Ellis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Black - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 88 29 15 31/66 13/26 13/17 13 225 9 4 10 3 26