CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WNCN) – North Carolina took a comfortable lead thanks to an 11-0 run in the second half Thursday and never looked back in an 83-70 win over Louisville. That punches UNC’s ticket to Friday’s semifinal against the Duke-Syracuse winner.
The Tar Heels shot nearly 50 percent from the floor in the first half to claim a lead they’d never relinquish. Louisville, though, had 10 makes from 3-point territory to keep things within reach throughout most of the game.
UNC didn’t pull away until a Sterling Manley dunk sparked a run of 11 unanswered points. The slam led directly into a media timeout, but Luke Maye made sure to keep momentum on UNC’s side.
It was too little too late when Ryan McMahon’s layup through contact ended Louisville’s dry spell. The Cardinals found themselves down, 79-64, with 4:01 to play.
Maye and Colby White tied for a game-high 19 points. Maye also grabbed nine rebounds. Cam Johnson and Garrison Brooks all scored in double figures for UNC, as well.