College basketball: North Carolina surprises Virginia in ACC semifinal

North Carolina upsets Virginia in ACC tournament semifinal

Marcus Paige made two free throws with 3.9 seconds left to help No. 19 North Carolina top No. 3 Virginia, 71-67, on Friday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament semifinals.

Paige also made a huge shot to beat the clock in the final minute, helping the fifth-seeded Tar Heels (24-10) hold off the tournament's top seed and reigning champion in a tense finish.

Freshman Justin Jackson scored a season-high 22 points to lead the Tar Heels, who never trailed and led by as many as 13 points before all-ACC guard Malcolm Brogdon single-handedly brought the Cavaliers (29-3) back.

North Carolina will face the Duke-Notre Dame winner in the finals.


Aaron Harrison and Karl-Anthony Towns each scored 13 points and No. 1 Kentucky improved to 32-0 by defeating Florida, 64-49, in the Southeastern Conference quarterfinals. Kentucky made 19 of 23 free throws, Florida only three of five. Jon Horford scored 15 points for the Gators (16-17). The Wildcats will play Auburn (15-19) in the semifinals. KT Harrell scored 15 straight points for the Tigers, including a three-pointer in the final second of regulation to force overtime, and the 13th-seeded Tigers upset No. 4 seed Louisiana State, 73-70.

Wayne Selden Jr. scored 20 points and ninth-ranked Kansas turned up its suffocating defense to beat No. 16 Baylor, 62-52, in the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament. Perry Ellis returned from an injury to add 11 points for the top-seeded Jayhawks (26-7), though their leading scorer limped off the floor after getting tangled up late.

Sam Dekker scored 17 points, Frank Kaminsky added 16 points and 12 rebounds and No. 6 Wisconsin defeated Michigan, 71-60, in the Big Ten quarterfinals. Dekker and Kaminsky, the Big Ten player of the year, scored all their team's points in a decisive 9-2 run that broke a 54-all tie. The top-seeded Badgers (29-3) will play Purdue in the semifinals. Dez Wells scored 22 points, Melo Trimble added 17 and No. 8 Maryland won its first Big Ten tournament game, beating Indiana, 75-69. The Terrapins (27-5) got nine points from Wells in the final nine minutes and made just enough defensive stops down the stretch to put away the Hoosiers (20-13).

Nic Moore scored 20 points to help No. 20 Southern Methodist defeat East Carolina, 74-68, in the American Athletic Conference quarterfinals. Markus Kennedy added 15 points and six rebounds for the top-seeded Mustangs (25-6). They will face Temple in the semifinals.

Tyler Kalinoski beat the clock with a driving layup to cap Davidson's comeback and give the No. 24 Wildcats a 67-66 victory over La Salle in the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals. Top-seeded Davidson (24-6) trailed almost the entire game and was down nine with 4:45 left, but La Salle didn't score another point. Jack Gibbs led Davidson with 22 points. The Wildcats will play Virginia Commonwealth in the semifinals.

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