Cardinals prove to be too much for Tar Heels
LOUISVILLE, KY. – Louisville's last game left a lot of room for improvement. Facing No. 2 North Carolina offered plenty of motivation.
Damion Lee scored 24 points, including two free throws with 8.3 seconds remaining, to help No. 19 Louisville beat North Carolina 71-65 on Monday night, ending the Tar Heels' 12-game winning streak.
After scoring only six points in Saturday's loss to then-No. 11 Virginia, Lee lifted the Cardinals to a hard-fought victory over the first-place Tar Heels by making eight of 12 shots, including consecutive three-pointers that helped provide a 55-50 lead.
"Knowing that I was the hot hand, it was just one of those things," Lee said. "It was just one of those things where I was confident. It was kind of like throwing the rock into an ocean. When I see the basket, I feel like I can get going."
Chinanu Onuaku had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Louisville (18-5, 7-3 ACC), which shot 53 percent in the second half.
Justin Jackson scored 16 points to lead North Carolina (19-3, 8-1), which shot a season-worst 35 percent (20-for-58) from the floor.
"Their zone made it difficult for us to get the ball inside to our big guys," Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said. "We didn't move nearly as well as we needed to move inside."
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• HOUSTON 71, NO. 12 SOUTHERN METHODIST 68: Devonta Pollard scored 23 points and the host Cougars (16-6, 6-4 American) rallied to beat the Mustangs (19-2, 8-2).
• For the first time in more than eight years, Duke is not in the Associated Press Top 25. The defending national champion Blue Devils are 15-6 and have lost four of five.
• NO. 7 OHIO STATE 80, ILLINOIS 70: Ameryst Alston scored 24 points, Kelsey Mitchell had 22 and the Buckeyes (17-4, 9-1 Big Ten) beat the host Illini (8-13, 1-9).
• NO. 3 NOTRE DAME 68, DUKE 61: Madison Cable scored 18 points and the Irish (21-1, 9-0 ACC) earned their 14th victory in a row, beating the host Blue Devils (16-7, 5-4).