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Off the cuff: It was only the third loss in 162 games under Coach Roy Williams in which UNC shot 50 percent or better from the field and lost.

Paige became Carolina's all-time leader in three-point field goals with 234. He had 234 threes and is now one ahead of Shammond Williams.

Texas is the first team to out-rebound Carolina this year (36-27). Tar Heels had a season-low four offensive boards (previous low was nine in loss at Northern Iowa).

Texas 84, Tar Heels 82
Ball bounces Longhorns way vs. UNC

North Carolina lost a heartbreaker at Texas as the ball bounced the Longhorns way twice in the last 30 seconds and the Tar Heels fell 84-82. It took a mid-range jumper by Texas' Jevan Felix with a tenth of a second left to secure the win. (12/12)

After Marcus Paige tied the game for Carolina with 49 seconds left, Texas' Isaiah Taylor put up bad shot that bounced off the front of the rim right back into his hands for an easy two to put Texas up 82-80 with 28 seconds to go.

After a Tar Heel timeout, Paige dished to Brice Johnson, who put in it with eight seconds left. Texas rushed up court and Taylor put up a shot that bounced way off the rim on the opposite side of the court, right in the hands of Felix, who had just enough time to put in the game winner.

Despite the bad bounces, UNC coach Roy Williams said his players needed to box out better. Texas came down with 16 offensive rebounds and scored 21 second-chance points, compared to seven by UNC, and outrebounded the Heels 36-27.

"You can't rebound the ball like that and expect to beat good basketball teams," Coach Williams said adding that Texas went after it harder than his team did. "Texas physically imposed their will on us."

Coach Williams said his team actually battled hard and played pretty well overall. "We didn't make enough plays at the end," he said.

Texas his 12 of 24 three-point shots. That's four more threes or 12 more points than the Longhorns normally get. Meanwhile, the Tar Heels, who outshot the Longhorns 52 to 47 percent, missed four big three-point attempts in a row midway through the second half and was only six of 16 from beyond the arc.

That kept Carolina from extended a small lead of between three and five points. Back-to-back threes by Texas turned a 64-59 deficit into a 65-64 lead with 7:45 left.

The game went back and forth and Paige split two defenders and drove by for a layup with 3:10 left to give Carolina a 76-74 lead. But it was the last lead the Tar Heels would have although there would be three more ties before the late-game heroics.

"It was a high-level basketball game with a great atmosphere," Coach Williams said. "They made more plays down the stretch."

Four Carolina players scored in double figures with Paige leading the way with 20 points. Justin Jackson finished with 15 while Johnson, who sat out most of the first half in foul trouble, managed to score 14 in limited play. Isaiah Hicks added 14 but big-man Kennedy Meeks scored just four.

Felix led the 6-3 Longhorns with 25 points.

Carolina, now 7-2, return home to play Tulane Wednesday night.


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