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NCAA Game Summary - Providence vs. North Carolina



(Friday, March 21st)

Final Score: North Carolina 79, Providence 77

San Antonio, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Marcus Paige scored 19 points, James Michael McAdoo added a pair of clutch free throws and North Carolina escaped with a 79-77 win over Providence in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

With the score knotted at 77 and the clock winding down, McAdoo rebounded Brice Johnson's missed jumper and drew a foul with less than four seconds to play. McAdoo made the first free throw to put UNC (24-9) in front. The second attempt missed long and caromed back to McAdoo, who grabbed the loose ball and again got fouled.

McAdoo split the second pair, but the ball bounced out-of-bounds off Providence star Bryce Cotton, whose terrific college career came to a disappointing end as the Tar Heels inbounded and bled the remaining half second off the clock.

"I just felt confident," said McAdoo. "I knew my teammates had my back, and I knew they were confident in me as well as the coaching staff."

"I knew I just had to go up there and focus on the rim and just continue to do the routine I've been doing all year. As you can see, I was able to do it."

Despite the loss, Cotton saved his best for last, pouring in a career-high 36 points with eight assists and five rebounds in his final collegiate game. LaDontae Henton added 16 points and 11 boards for Providence (23-12) in defeat.

"It was a great game, you know," said Cotton. "Unfortunately, we just didn't come up with the win."

Johnson and McAdoo had 16 points apiece for the sixth-seeded Tar Heels, who will take on Iowa State in the round of 32 of the East Region.

UNC led 39-36 at halftime and created some separation early in the second half. Four different Tar Heels scored in the paint during a 7-0 run after Cotton opened the period by canning a jumper.

Trailing 46-38, Cotton hit a 3 and finished an acrobatic layup, but North Carolina stayed hot from the floor. McAdoo had a layup in between Cotton's baskets and Kennedy Meeks scored from in close to make it 50-43.

The margin grew to 54-45 on Johnson's putback slam, but Cotton found a way to keep the Friars within striking distance. After Johnson's dunk, Cotton flung himself into a trio of Tar Heels and somehow got a floater to go. He then sprinted down the floor in transition and made it 54-49 with another tough layup.

Later in the frame, Tyler Harris scored five in a row and Cotton spun past a defender and swished a floater to pull Providence within two. Cotton then rebounded J.P. Tokoto's miss and fed Henton for a slam to tie it. The Friars went in front when Cotton banked in a runner at 8:20.

"I definitely left it all out on the floor just like the rest of my teammates," said Cotton.

Providence's largest lead came at 4:36, when Kadeem Batts' three-point play made it 71-64, but Paige hit two timely 3-pointers late. His triple at 1:06 knotted the score at 77.

After Henton's driving layup missed short with 37 seconds left, the Heels took the clock all the way down before McAdoo won it for them.

Game Notes

UNC outscored Providence 46-40 in the paint and 26-13 in second chance points ... Meeks and Tokoto scored 12 and 10 points, respectively ... Harris netted 13 for the Friars ... Johnson blocked four shots.

03/22 01:18:49 ET

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Local
Final
NCCU 108
BASC 52
 
Final
CHA 106
PHO 111
Final
NCSU 83
TENN 72
Final
CLE 98
ATL 127
Final
CHA 106
PHO 111
4th
DET 100
DAL 108
 
4th
BOS 109
ORL 92
 
4th
MIA 69
UTA 83
 
3rd
TOR 70
BRK 68
 
Half
SAN 45
MEM 52
 
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Final
UNT 78
LANG 65
 
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Terriers 64
DELST 72
 
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MSST 55
ARKST 69
 
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NCCU 108
BASC 52
 
Final
GMAS 99
CATAWBA 69
 
Final
WOFF 64
CSOU 58
 
Final
HIGH 106
FERR 48
 
Final
JVU 68
GWEBB 65
 
Final
ILL 73
HAMP 55
 
Final
BST 52
JMU 72
 
Final
YOUNG 84
KNST 90
 
Final
UMO 71
LONG 60
 
Final
PITT 65
MAN 56
Final
OSU 97
NCAT 55
Final
FSU 93
UNF 77
 
Final
TOL 83
RMU 57
 
Final
CAMP 70
SIUE 65
 
Final
DUQ 52
RFLSH 67
 
Final
NCSU 83
TENN 72
Final
UCF 75
DET 70
 
1st OT
UNCW 65
LIB 62
 
2nd
LOYC 65
ABCHRIST 39
 
2nd
MURST 79
ALCOR 46
 
Half
HOU 16
ARKPB 27
 
2nd
NW 57
CMICH 73
 
2nd
WKENT 66
CHIST 54
 
2nd
ODU 42
UGST 50
 
2nd
SMU 54
ILLCH 41
 
2nd
LALAF 104
MLGN 74
 
2nd
TULSA 68
MIZST 65
 
2nd
UWGB 59
MORE 42
 
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NEOM 77
NCOL 62
 
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TTU 73
SCST 30
 
2nd
DEN 58
TAMCC 47
 
Half
STEPH 27
TXST 30
 
2nd
STLU 54
TXPA 51
 
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MEM 42
USCU 29
 
2nd
ILLST 51
TENNM 52
 
1st
MSU 31
EMICH 16
 
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GRCN 44
INCWORD 37
 
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STAN 25
LMU 31
 
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BAY 26
NMST 20
 
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CIN 18
SDST 20
 
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AUB 28
WINT 18
 
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PORT
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NJD 0
OTT 2
2nd Intermission
MIN 1
BOS 2
 
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