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Berry's free throws lift No. 20 North Carolina past ND

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Roy Williams wasn't concerned about style points after No. 20 North Carolina beat Notre Dame for its first Atlantic Coast Conference road victory of the season.

''I feel the luckiest I've ever felt after the last minute of a basketball game,'' Williams said after the 69-68 victory Saturday night. ''Joel Berry gets fouled and makes two free throws when you're down one. My frustration button is at a very high level right now.''

Berry II, saddled with three fouls in the first half, made two free throws with 7.1 seconds left for the winning points. But the Tar Heels (14-4, 3-2) allowed Notre Dame sophomore point guard T.J. Gibbs to dribble the length of the floor, get off a shot, rebound the miss and send the ball inside the cylinder before it, too, spun out at the buzzer.

Berry finished with 15 points, and Luke Maye had his 10th double-double of the season with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Theo Pinson added 13 points, and North Carolina finished with a 9-2 run while holding the Irish (13-5, 3-2 without a field goal in the last 5:58.

Gibbs, who scored both of those points for Notre Dame on free throws with 37 seconds remaining for a brief 68-67 lead, finished with a game-high 19 points and six assists for Notre Dame, which got 14 points from senior Martinas Geben and a career-high 12 points from sophomore reserve Nikola Djogo.

''Man, I feel for our guys - we battled so hard,'' Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. ''It's a tough one to swallow because you feel like you're going to get it.''

The Irish, playing without injured starters Bonzie Colson and Matt Farrell, used an eight-man rotation that frustrated Williams' Tar Heels, who shot just 42.6 percent (26 of 61) and were outrebounded 45-37 by the Irish. Geben's nine included seven off the offensive boards. Notre Dame shot just 34.8 percent (23 of 66) from the field but stayed in it with timely 3-pointers (10 of 24) that included the first ever of the 6-foot-10 Geben's career.

''I thought they played harder than us, they played smarter than us,'' Williams said. ''Even on the last play, we did a good job defending the shot but we didn't box him (Gibbs) out. I told Michael (Brey) I was so proud of his team.''

The game was close right from the opening tip, with neither team able to pull away by more than six points. There were 24 lead changes and the game was tied 12 times.

The Tar Heels led 40-37 at halftime during which Notre Dame endured a stretch of 6:54 without a field goal. Maye came up one rebound short of a double-double with 13 points and 9 rebounds, while Berry had nine points, all from beyond the arc before drawing his third personal in the final 2 minutes. Gibbs, who missed his first four shots, finally got on the board with 7:44 left and finished with nine points, one more than Geben.

Geben scored four points, had two offensive boards and took a charge as Notre Dame started the second half on an 11-7 run for a 48-47 lead with 14:40 to play.

After five straight points by Pinson gave the Tar Heels a 56-50 lead with 9:48 to play, Notre Dame called a timeout. A 10-4 spurt was highlighted by two 3-pointers by Gibbs after his backhanded missed field goal was hammered home by Rex Pflueger left the game tied at 60-60 with 6:53 left.

Djogo then hit two quick 3-pointers to put the Irish up 66-60 with 5:58 remaining. They would be the last field goals Notre Dame would make.

BIG PICTURE

North Carolina: The Tar Heels, who lost games at Florida State and Virginia earlier this month, got their first ACC road victory and avoided three straight ACC road losses for the first time since 2014. North Carolina has had winning road records in 11 of its 14 seasons under coach Roy Williams, who got the 830th victory to tie Mount St. Mary's Jim Phelan on the career list.

The milestone was the furthest thing on his mind.

''The tape session tonight is going to be a lot of fun, that's all I can tell you,'' Williams said.

Notre Dame: Matt Farrell, who has missed the last 2 1/2 games with a sprained ankle, dressed and led Notre Dame out of tunnel for pregame warmups but sat on the bench with fellow senior Bonzie Colson (broken left foot, eight weeks) as Brey used eight players, with five of them finishing in double digits in minutes in the first 20 minutes. Farrell is expected to practice Sunday and Monday and likely start Tuesday against visiting Louisville.

''I don't mind praising another coach,'' Williams said about Brey. ''What he has done is given them a plan and hope that they can still be successful. They've gone from behind an efficient offensive team to a rebounding and defending team.''

UP NEXT

North Carolina: Hosts No. 19 Clemson on Tuesday night.

Notre Dame: Hosts Louisville on Tuesday night.

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Key Players
L. Maye
32 F
M. Farrell
5 G
34.3 Min. Per Game 34.3
15.9 Pts. Per Game 15.9
5.1 Ast. Per Game 5.1
2.1 Reb. Per Game 2.1
51.2 Field Goal % 45.5
48.1 Three Point % 41.4
60.3 Free Throw % 81.4
  Offensive rebound by Notre Dame 0.0
  T.J. Gibbs missed dunk 1.0
  Offensive rebound by T.J. Gibbs 1.0
  T.J. Gibbs missed floating jump shot 3.0
+ 1 Joel Berry II made 2nd of 2 free throws 7.0
+ 1 Joel Berry II made 1st of 2 free throws 7.0
  Shooting foul on T.J. Gibbs 7.0
  Offensive rebound by Joel Berry II 8.0
  Sterling Manley missed jump shot 10.0
+ 1 T.J. Gibbs made 2nd of 2 free throws 37.0
+ 1 T.J. Gibbs made 1st of 2 free throws 37.0
Team Stats
Points 69 68
Field Goals 26-61 (42.6%) 23-66 (34.8%)
3-Pointers 6-21 (28.6%) 10-24 (41.7%)
Free Throws 11-17 (64.7%) 12-15 (80.0%)
Total Rebounds 37 45
Offensive 12 17
Defensive 23 22
Team 2 6
Assists 16 13
Steals 7 1
Blocks 4 4
Turnovers 7 11
Fouls 16 16
Technicals 0 0
18 PTS, 11 REB, 3 AST
19 PTS, 5 REB, 6 AST
12T
away team logo 20 North Carolina 14-4 402969
home team logo Notre Dame 13-5 373168
Team Stats
away team logo 20 North Carolina 14-4 81.6 PPG 45.8 RPG 18.2 APG
home team logo Notre Dame 13-5 74.9 PPG 39.1 RPG 14.4 APG
Key Players
32
L. Maye F 16.9 PPG 10.1 RPG 2.4 APG 48.6 FG%
10
T. Gibbs G 15.3 PPG 2.8 RPG 3.0 APG 41.1 FG%
Top Scorers
L. Maye F 18 PTS 11 REB 3 AST
T. Gibbs G 19 PTS 5 REB 6 AST
42.6 FG% 34.8
28.6 3PT FG% 41.7
64.7 FT% 80.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
L. Maye 34 18 11 3 3 1 0 3 8/14 1/3 1/2 5 6
J. Berry II 35 15 2 3 0 0 0 2 5/11 3/6 2/2 1 1
T. Pinson 33 13 7 4 1 0 0 1 4/7 1/1 4/6 1 6
C. Johnson 30 7 4 2 0 0 2 0 2/10 1/5 2/2 1 3
K. Williams 28 5 3 3 2 1 2 5 2/7 0/3 1/3 1 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
L. Maye 34 18 11 3 3 1 0 3 8/14 1/3 1/2 5 6
J. Berry II 35 15 2 3 0 0 0 2 5/11 3/6 2/2 1 1
T. Pinson 33 13 7 4 1 0 0 1 4/7 1/1 4/6 1 6
C. Johnson 30 7 4 2 0 0 2 0 2/10 1/5 2/2 1 3
K. Williams 28 5 3 3 2 1 2 5 2/7 0/3 1/3 1 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
S. Manley 10 7 4 0 0 1 1 1 3/5 0/0 1/2 2 2
G. Brooks 14 4 3 1 0 1 2 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 1 2
B. Robinson 8 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 0/3 0/1 0/0 0 1
J. Felton 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 0
A. Platek 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
S. Rush - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Woods - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Rohlman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Huffman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Miller - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Ma - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 69 35 16 7 4 7 16 26/61 6/21 11/17 12 23
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Gibbs 39 19 5 6 0 0 3 3 6/20 3/6 4/4 1 4
M. Geben 27 14 9 1 0 3 1 4 4/9 1/1 5/6 7 2
D. Harvey 37 9 8 2 0 0 0 1 4/13 1/6 0/1 4 4
R. Pflueger 34 7 3 4 1 0 5 3 2/6 1/2 2/2 2 1
J. Mooney 16 5 5 0 0 1 1 2 2/5 1/3 0/0 0 5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Gibbs 39 19 5 6 0 0 3 3 6/20 3/6 4/4 1 4
M. Geben 27 14 9 1 0 3 1 4 4/9 1/1 5/6 7 2
D. Harvey 37 9 8 2 0 0 0 1 4/13 1/6 0/1 4 4
R. Pflueger 34 7 3 4 1 0 5 3 2/6 1/2 2/2 2 1
J. Mooney 16 5 5 0 0 1 1 2 2/5 1/3 0/0 0 5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
N. Djogo 25 12 4 0 0 0 1 0 4/7 3/6 1/2 1 3
E. Burns 9 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 0
A. Torres 13 0 5 0 0 0 0 3 0/3 0/0 0/0 2 3
B. Colson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Farrell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Gregory - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Nelligan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 68 39 13 1 4 11 16 23/66 10/24 12/15 17 22