SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Joel Berry II hit two free throws with 7.1 seconds left as No. 20 North Carolina earned its first Atlantic Coast Convention highway victory of the season Saturday with a 69-68 conquer Notre Dame.
Berry completed with 15 factors whereas Luke Maye had a double-double – 17 factors and 11 rebounds – and Theo Pinson added 13 for the Tar Heels (14-Four, Three-2). Sophomore level guard T.J. Gibbs obtained a game-high 19 factors and 6 assists for the Irish (13-5, Three-2).
Gibbs dribbled downcourt and obtained off an errant shot however obtained a rebound which spun out on the buzzer. Senior middle Martinas Geben hit his first profession Three-pointer whereas scoring 14 for Notre Dame and reserve
Nikola Djogo had a career-high 12 factors as Notre Dame stayed shut by hitting 10 of 24 (41.7 %) from past the arc.
The Tar Heels led 40-37 after a aggressive first half throughout which each groups endured lengthy stretches with out area targets. The lead modified arms 14 instances.
Maye got here up one rebound in need of a double-double with 13 factors and 9 rebounds, whereas Berry had 9 factors, all from past the arc, however drew his third private within the ultimate 2 minutes.
Gibbs, who missed his first 4 photographs, lastly obtained on the board with 7:44 left after the Irish endured a 6:54 stretch and not using a area purpose. He completed with 9 factors.
Geben scored 4 factors, had two offensive boards and took a cost as Notre Dame began the second half on an 11-7 run for a 48-47 lead with 14:40 to play.
After 5 straight factors by Pinson gave the Tar Heels a 56-50 lead with 9:48 to play, Notre Dame known as a timeout. A 10-Four spurt highlighted by two Three-pointers by Gibbs after his backhanded missed area purpose was hammered house by Rex Pflueger and made it 60-60 with 6:53 left.
Djogo then hit two Three-pointers to place the Irish up 66-60 with 5:58 remaining. However the Tar Heels closed with a 9-2 run because the Irish missed their ultimate 9 photographs from the sphere.
North Carolina: The Tar Heels, who misplaced video games at Florida State and Virginia earlier this month, obtained their first ACC highway victory and prevented three straight ACC highway losses for the primary time since 2014. North Carolina has had successful highway information in 11 of its 14 seasons beneath coach Roy Williams, who obtained the 830th victory of his profession to tie him with Mount St. Mary’s Jim Phelan on the all-time listing.
Notre Dame: Matt Farrell, who has missed the final 2 half video games with a sprained ankle, dressed and led Notre Dame out of tunnel for pre-game warmups however sat on the bench with fellow senior Bonzie Colson (damaged left foot, eight weeks) as Brey used eight gamers, with 5 of them ending in double digits in minutes within the first 20 minutes.
North Carolina: Hosts No. 19 Clemson on Tuesday.
Notre Dame: Hosts Louisville on Tuesday.
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