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Little, No. 13 North Carolina hold off Notre Dame 75-69

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Once Nassir Little got rolling, No. 13 North Carolina didn't have to worry much about yet another home loss.

Little scored all 11 of his points in the final 11 minutes, and the Tar Heels beat Notre Dame 75-69 on Tuesday night.

''It was just a matter of time,'' Little said. ''Everybody was just waiting for me to do what I do, to help the team be as good as we can be.''

Coby White had 17 points while Luke Maye added 14 points and 10 rebounds and Cameron Johnson finished with 11 points for the Tar Heels (13-4, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). UNC used a late 12-1 run to bounce back from its most lopsided home loss under Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams.

''I got my wish - I wanted to win one ugly,'' Williams said.

Prentiss Hubb scored 18 points, John Mooney had 16 points and 19 rebounds, and D.J. Harvey added 15 points for the Fighting Irish (11-6, 1-3). Hubb put Notre Dame up 58-57 with a layup with just under seven minutes remaining, but the Irish missed their next six shots while North Carolina took control.

''Everything was just right for us,'' coach Mike Brey said. ''We just needed a few more plays, and we probably needed another scorer.''

White started the key run with a 3-pointer with the shot clock winding down with 6 1/2 minutes to play, and Little, a freshman, ended it with a twisting layup on the break that gave the Tar Heels their first double-figure lead, 69-59, with less than 90 seconds left.

The Irish didn't get closer than seven until Hubb's 3 with 4.7 seconds left made it 73-69.

BIG PICTURE

Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish have lost three of four to begin conference play and haven't cracked the 70s in scoring in any of those games. They aren't afraid to pull the trigger from 3-point range - no team in the ACC has taken more of them this season, and roughly half their shots in this one were from beyond the arc - but they didn't quite hit enough of them to pull off the upset: Notre Dame was just 4 of 15 from long range in the second half.

North Carolina: The Tar Heels will hear less about that embarrassing 83-62 loss to Louisville. They also haven't lost three straight home ACC games in nearly a decade. Perhaps the most encouraging sign: They had only two turnovers in the second half.

STAR WATCH

T.J. Gibbs, who averages a team-best 18.5 points for Notre Dame, was held to five points on 1-of-9 shooting in his return after an illness that forced him to miss a game for the first time in his career. ''My trainer said, `You can't play him as usual, 35 minutes, because he's ill,''' Brey said. ''And then I played him 35 minutes, because he was our only option. ... We need to kind of get him back to 100 percent by Saturday.''

PLAY OF THE NIGHT

Seventh Woods earned some hustle points for his blocked shot that brought the crowd to its feet with about 12 minutes left. Nate Laszewski was headed for an easy open-court dunk after stealing the ball from Johnson. But Woods raced in to block the attempt at the rim.

BATTLE ON THE BOARDS

The ACC's top two rebounders - Maye (10.1 rpg) and Mooney (9.8) - went at it in this one. Those two combined for 29 of the 83 total rebounds in the game.

UP NEXT

Notre Dame: Plays host to No. 17 North Carolina State on Saturday.

North Carolina: Visits Miami on Saturday.

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Key Players
T. Gibbs
10 G
L. Maye
32 F
29.4 Min. Per Game 29.4
14.4 Pts. Per Game 14.4
2.1 Ast. Per Game 2.1
10.1 Reb. Per Game 10.1
35.2 Field Goal % 42.0
36.6 Three Point % 32.3
74.0 Free Throw % 77.0
+ 1 Seventh Woods made 2nd of 2 free throws 3.0
+ 1 Seventh Woods made 1st of 2 free throws 3.0
  Personal foul on Prentiss Hubb 3.0
+ 3 Prentiss Hubb made 3-pt. jump shot 5.0
  Defensive rebound by John Mooney 15.0
  Luke Maye missed 2nd of 2 free throws 15.0
  Luke Maye missed 1st of 2 free throws 15.0
  Personal foul on D.J. Harvey 15.0
+ 2 John Mooney made dunk, assist by T.J. Gibbs 16.0
+ 1 Cameron Johnson made 2nd of 2 free throws 27.0
+ 1 Cameron Johnson made 1st of 2 free throws 27.0
Team Stats
Points 69 75
Field Goals 25-61 (41.0%) 27-68 (39.7%)
3-Pointers 10-28 (35.7%) 9-21 (42.9%)
Free Throws 9-14 (64.3%) 12-20 (60.0%)
Total Rebounds 36 47
Offensive 6 14
Defensive 27 29
Team 3 4
Assists 13 15
Steals 2 6
Blocks 8 2
Turnovers 11 11
Fouls 16 15
Technicals 0 0
18 PTS, 3 REB, 6 AST
17 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Notre Dame 11-6 363369
home team logo 13 North Carolina 13-4 334275
Team Stats
away team logo Notre Dame 11-6 68.7 PPG 39 RPG 12.8 APG
home team logo 13 North Carolina 13-4 86.1 PPG 46.8 RPG 19.0 APG
Key Players
3
P. Hubb G 8.1 PPG 3.1 RPG 4.0 APG 32.4 FG%
2
C. White G 16.3 PPG 3.4 RPG 4.2 APG 43.0 FG%
Top Scorers
P. Hubb G 18 PTS 3 REB 6 AST
C. White G 17 PTS 5 REB 1 AST
41.0 FG% 39.7
35.7 3PT FG% 42.9
64.3 FT% 60.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
P. Hubb 18 3 6 6/16 4/10 2/3 4 32 0 1 4 1 2
J. Mooney 16 19 1 7/12 0/1 2/3 3 34 0 4 2 3 16
D. Harvey 15 2 0 5/9 3/5 2/4 3 34 0 0 2 0 2
T. Gibbs 5 2 5 1/9 1/4 2/2 1 35 0 0 1 0 2
N. Laszewski 3 3 0 1/6 1/5 0/0 2 21 1 1 0 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
P. Hubb 18 3 6 6/16 4/10 2/3 4 32 0 1 4 1 2
J. Mooney 16 19 1 7/12 0/1 2/3 3 34 0 4 2 3 16
D. Harvey 15 2 0 5/9 3/5 2/4 3 34 0 0 2 0 2
T. Gibbs 5 2 5 1/9 1/4 2/2 1 35 0 0 1 0 2
N. Laszewski 3 3 0 1/6 1/5 0/0 2 21 1 1 0 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Durham 6 2 0 3/4 0/0 0/0 2 13 0 2 0 1 1
D. Goodwin 4 1 1 1/3 1/2 1/2 1 27 0 0 0 1 0
N. Djogo 2 1 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 3 1 0 2 0 1
L. Nelligan 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
R. Pflueger - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Carmody - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Doherty - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 69 33 13 25/61 10/28 9/14 16 200 2 8 11 6 27
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. White 17 5 1 6/11 4/7 1/2 5 22 1 0 2 0 5
L. Maye 14 10 1 6/19 1/5 1/3 1 36 1 0 2 3 7
C. Johnson 11 7 6 3/8 0/3 5/7 2 31 0 1 2 2 5
K. Williams 5 4 3 2/5 1/2 0/0 1 28 0 0 1 2 2
G. Brooks 4 8 2 2/8 0/0 0/3 0 26 0 0 1 5 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. White 17 5 1 6/11 4/7 1/2 5 22 1 0 2 0 5
L. Maye 14 10 1 6/19 1/5 1/3 1 36 1 0 2 3 7
C. Johnson 11 7 6 3/8 0/3 5/7 2 31 0 1 2 2 5
K. Williams 5 4 3 2/5 1/2 0/0 1 28 0 0 1 2 2
G. Brooks 4 8 2 2/8 0/0 0/3 0 26 0 0 1 5 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Little 11 6 0 5/8 0/0 1/1 3 18 0 0 0 2 4
B. Robinson 9 2 0 3/4 3/4 0/0 2 16 1 0 0 0 2
S. Woods 4 0 2 0/1 0/0 4/4 1 18 2 1 3 0 0
B. Huffman 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
L. Black 0 0 0 0/3 0/0 0/0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0
S. Rush - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. McAdoo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Manley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Miller - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Platek - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Ellis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 75 43 15 27/68 9/21 12/20 15 200 6 2 11 14 29