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NCAA Game Summary - North Carolina vs. Iowa State



(Sunday, March 23rd)

Final Score: Iowa State 85, North Carolina 83

San Antonio, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - DeAndre Kane dribbled through his legs to his left hand, slashed into the lane and dropped in a layup high off the backboard.

The senior guard's bucket with 1.6 seconds remaining Sunday sent Iowa State into the Sweet 16 for the first time in 14 years with an 85-83 win over North Carolina that was as thrilling as it was confusing at the very end.

The game -- punctuated by back-and-forth runs and percolating with 3-pointers down the stretch -- ended with a thud after an official review determined the Tar Heels didn't call a timeout quick enough after inbounding the ball.

The clock didn't start until North Carolina neared midcourt, causing confusion about how much time was left.

Tar Heels coach Roy Williams, trying to take a 16th team to the Sweet 16 in 24 NCAA Tournament appearances, said referees didn't recognize him calling a timeout.

"They went to the monitor and realized the clock operator had started the clock late and so there should not have been any time left when they did make the observation that we were calling a timeout," Williams said.

Kane scored 24 points and had 10 rebounds to lead the third-seeded Cyclones (28-7), who advanced to face seventh-seeded Connecticut in the East Region semifinals at New York's Madison Square Garden on Friday.

The Big 12 champions have won six in a row -- including Friday's 93-75 victory over North Carolina Central, when standout forward Georges Niang was lost for the season with a broken bone in his foot.

Iowa State pulled together without Niang, getting 19 points from Melvin Ejim, 14 from Dustin Hogue, 13 from Monte Morris and 12 from Naz Long, whose barrage of 3-pointers down the stretch sparked a Cyclones run after it looked like the Tar Heels had taken control.

Marcus Paige had 19 points and Leslie McDonald scored 18 to lead the Tar Heels (24-10), whose roller-coaster season ended, perhaps fittingly, with a back- and-forth thriller.

Paige's 3-pointer gave the sixth-seeded Tar Heels a 66-60 lead, capping a 10-0 burst that was part of a bigger 14-2 tear for a 70-62 lead with 6 1/2 minutes remaining.

Long's second 3-pointer in the span of three possessions sparked an 8-0 Iowa State run that tied the game with 2:03 remaining. Morris also knocked down a three in the spurt and Ejim capped it with a layup.

McDonald's 3-pointer from the left side put out the fire for the Tar Heels, who had an 81-78 lead before Long hit another three from the left side to tie it.

Iowa State then took the lead when Ejim found Kane with a long outlet pass for a fastbreak layup after Paige turned it over. That came with 27.9 seconds left and James Michael McAdoo tied the score for UNC on two free throws with 15.7 ticks left.

Kane beat Tar Heels forward J.P. Tokoto off the dribble near the right elbow on the way to his winning shot.

"It was an isolation play for me to attack the basket," said Kane. "If anybody helped I was going to try to kick it out to one of my teammates.

"I made an acrobatic shot and it went in. Give a lot of credit to coach (Fred Hoiberg). He drew up a great play for me."

It finally moved the Cyclones past the third round of the NCAA Tournament after back-to-back losses there. Last season's exit was cruel -- on Aaron Craft's game-winning 3-pointer for Ohio State.

Their last trip to the Sweet 16 came in 2000 under Larry Eustachy.

McAdoo had one point at halftime and finished with 14 for the Tar Heels, who escaped for a 79-77 win over Big East champ Providence on Friday in its NCAA opener.

North Carolina was seeking to extend its record of 32 appearances in the NCAA Tournament's regional semifinals.

"There is no offseason in North Carolina basketball," said McAdoo. "We're going to remember this and next year we won't be in the same position."

The Tar Heels were up-and-down all season. In the span of just over a month between Nov. 17 and Dec. 18, they lost to Belmont, UAB and unranked Texas but also knocked off the No. 1, No. 3 and No. 11 teams in the country in Michigan State, Louisville and Kentucky.

They opened ACC play by losing their first three games to Wake Forest, Miami and Syracuse but later ripped off a 12-game winning streak that vaulted them to No. 14 in the country before losses to Duke in the regular-season finale and Pittsburgh in the ACC Tournament.

The Tar Heels scored 11 of the last 16 points in the first half -- Kennedy Meeks had five of his 15 in it -- to cut Iowa State's lead to 40-37 at the break.

Game Notes

The NCAA counts regional semifinals berths as Sweet 16 appearances only since 1975 ... It was Iowa State's first win in four all-time games against North Carolina. Three of the meetings have come in the NCAA Tournament, including UNC's 92-65 second-round win in 2005 and a 73-51 victory in the second round in 1995 -- the final college game for Hoiberg, who took over the Cyclones program from current Creighton coach Greg McDermott in 2010.

03/23 21:51:24 ET

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Final
DUKE 47
TULA 13
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ECU 70
UNC 41
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TOWSN 31
NCCU 20
 
Final
NCSU 42
PRES 0
 
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8:30pm Tonight
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PIT
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KAN 2
DET 3
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CHC 8
LOS 7
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OAK 0
PHI 3
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NYY 3
TOR 6
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COL 5
ARI 1
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BAL 7
BOS 2
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PIT 0
MIL 1
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TAM 3
CWS 1
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MIN 3
CLE 7
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ATL 2
NYM 4
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HOU 10
SEA 1
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MIA 2
WAS 3
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STL 8
CIN 4
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SDP 3
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ANA 8
TEX 5
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WISC 68
BGU 17
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MSU 73
EMICH 14
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VT 24
GT 27
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PITT 20
IOWA 24
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RICE 42
ODU 45
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UGA 66
TROY 0
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SYR 20
MD 34
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DUKE 47
TULA 13
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COL 21
HAW 12
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AKR 17
MARS 48
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WAKE 24
ARMY 21
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KU 24
CMICH 10
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ALA 42
UF 21
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FIU 3
LOU 34
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ECU 70
UNC 41
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NAVY 24
RUTG 31
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SMU 6
TEXAM 58
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MICH 10
UTAH 26
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BYU 41
UVA 33
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WYO 20
FATL 19
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MIZZ 27
IND 31
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PSU 48
UMASS 7
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MINN 24
SJST 7
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ILL 42
TXST 35
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WASH 45
GASTATE 14
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SMISS 21
APPST 20
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TOL 34
BST 23
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OHIO 36
IDAHO 24
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CIN 31
UMO 24
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MEM 36
MTST 17
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LSU 29
MSST 34
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ARK 52
NILL 14
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ARKST 21
UTST 14
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SALABAMA 6
GASO 28
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WVU 33
OKLA 45
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VANDY 34
SCAR 48
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NEB 41
MIAMI 31
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NMST 35
NMU 38
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HOU 47
UNLV 14
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FSU 23
CLEM 17
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ARZ 49
CAL 45
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ORST 28
SDST 7
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WASU 31
OREG 38
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BSU 34
LALAF 9
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TOWSN 31
NCCU 20
 
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NCSU 42
PRES 0