Wildcats Sent Home

Lexi Fowler, Staff Writer

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North Carolina took a long two-point shot with three-tenths of a second remaining in the ballgame, giving the Tar Heels a 75-73 victory over the Kentucky Wildcats.  Kentucky, at the point of desperation fired a full court pass, trying to tie the ballgame and send the two into overtime, but the ball went out of bounds.

Kentucky, taking the lead at 2:25 into the second half of the ballgame, led 64-59 with 5:12 remaining in the ballgame.

Sophomore Isaac Humphries hit a fantastic jumper, causing him to catch fire by then. As the game rounded out, a spurt of eight points in other three minutes for Humphries.  However, North Carolina went out on a 12-0 run, with six points from Pinson to take a 71-64 lead with just 54 seconds left in the second half.

Maye then found forward Justin Jackson with a full pass across the court, and put a layup to give North Carolina a 73-70 lead with 34 seconds left.

After a turnover for Kentucky, Jackson missed the front end of a one-and-one leading to the game’s final moments.

The North Carolina Tar Heels out rebounded the Kentucky Wildcats 44-34 and also blocked nine of Kentucky’s shots.

The reserves shined for both teams Sunday night. For the Kentucky Wildcats, Isaac Humphries scored 12 points, and senior guard Dominique Hawkins shot a drilling pair of three-pointers and scoring 10 first half points. For North Carolina Tar Heels,  Maye score 17 points on 6-of-9 shootings.  Jackson led North Carolina with 19  points, and senior Kennedy Meeks grabbed 17 boards and blocked four shots.  Freshman Bam Adebayo and Fox scored 13, while Monk added 12.

The North Carolina Tar Heels will now play the Oregon Ducks in the Final Four on Saturday, April 1st.