SAN ANTONIO – James Michael McAdoo finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds, and hit a pair of game-icing free throws to help No. 6-seed North Carolina slip past Providence and Bryce Cotton, 77-75. Marcus Paige led the Tar Heels with 19 points
Cotton, the Providence point guard, shot 13-of-23 from the floor and was 7-of-7 at the free throw line, finishing with five rebounds and eight assists and giving the Tar Heels all they could handle. Cotton’s layup with 1:21 remaining staked the Friars to a 77-74 lead, but Marcus Paige answered with a tying 3-pointer with 1:10 to play, and McAdoo’s free throws in the final seconds provided the difference.
Brad Sham and Will Perdue called the action on WestwoodOne Sports.
(J.P. Tokoto’s steal and spinning, posing dunk puts the Tar Heels ahead 37-30.)
(Bryce Cotton’s layup gives Providence a lead at 60-58.)
(Kadeem Batts’ three-point play gives the Friars a 71-64 advantage with 4:36 remaining.)
(Cotton’s steal and streaking reverse layup stakes Providence to a 77-74 lead, just 1:21 to go.)
(UNC’s Marcus Paige ties it with a cold-blooded 3-pointer with just over a minute to play.)
(McAdoo breaks a 77-77 tie with a go-ahead free throw with 2.8 seconds remaining.)
(Postgame interview with North Carolina’s James Michael McAdoo.)
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