NEW YORK (AP) — Pete Nance made a jumper at the buzzer to force overtime, RJ Davis iced a much-needed victory for scuffling North Carolina with two late free throws, and the Tar Heels beat No. 24 Ohio State beat No. 84 in Saturday’s CBS Sports Classic.
Armando Bacot had 28 points and 15 rebounds and Caleb Love scored 22 for North Carolina (8-4), which is trying to right itself after a four-game losing streak — all away from home — knocked the preseason No. The Top 25 was emptied of 1 team two weeks ago.
The Tar Heels have won three consecutive games, but none are better than this win against the Buckeyes (7-3 Madison Square Garden).
For most of the game, the Tar Heels were trailing before Davis made a 3 from the sideline with 1:29 remaining to make it 75-74 North Carolina.
With 2 seconds remaining, Brice Sensabaugh hit a jumper from just inside the foul line to give the Buckeyes an advantage of 79-77. North Carolina took a few minutes to get the play they wanted. The first was a long, inbounds pass that got the ball past the halfcourt.
Leaky black was able to make an inbounds pass at the 6-foot-11 Nance with 1.2 seconds remaining. Nance swung a turnaround from his wing just as the time expired to send it off to OT.
Sensabaugh was making his second consecutive start with Isaac Likekele.
Hubert Davis from North Carolina, who spent the first four of his 12-year NBA career playing with the New York Knicks. He returned to the Garden as the coach of his alma mater the first time.
Ohio State led by as much as 12 at halftime, while Tar Heels were going 1-9 from 3-point range. Bacot, who scored 14 points and had his way into the paint, pulled the Tar Heels to within six.
Justice Sueing, however, made a 3 at first-half buzzer to bring the Buckeyes up to 44-35 at break.
North Carolina: From 3 onwards, the Tar Heels were unable to reach 6 of 28 (21%).
Ohio State: ZedKey, Ohio State’s leading scorer had 11 points, 4 rebounds and 4 fouls. Bacot spent most of his time with him. The Buckeyes also threw Felix Okpara (6’11”) at the Tar Heels big man. Okpara was out of the game in 12 minutes.
North Carolina: On Wednesday, the Tar Heels face Michigan in Charlotte.
Ohio State: Wednesday marks the return of the Buckeyes to Ohio State.
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