LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A few weeks after North Carolina shocked Louisville by rallying from a double-digit deficit, the Cardinals returned the favor.
Montrezl Harrell scored 14 of his 22 points after halftime and No. 10 Louisville came back from a 18-point second-half hole to beat No. 13 North Carolina 78-68 on Saturday night.
Harrell also had 15 rebounds in a performance Tar Heels coach Roy Williams described as "possessed."
"It seemed like he got every rebound and ran the floor, posted our guys up," Williams said.
Terry Rozier scored the first six points in overtime for Louisville (18-3, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) to complete the comeback but said Harrell's play put the team in position for the improbable victory.
"It was like we were desperate for a bucket, desperate to get something going," said Rozier, who finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds. "Trez got us going. We fed off his energy."
Rozier's sweeping layup 43 seconds into overtime gave Louisville (18-3, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) a 62-60 lead, its first since four minutes into the game. Two free throws following a Kennedy Meeks layup again put the Cardinals up, and his 15-footer with 2:43 remaining gave Louisville the lead for good as the Cardinals scored 10 in a row to take a 76-64 lead.
UNC (17-4, 7-2) did not get a second-chance point in the second half or overtime as Louisville used 15 offensive rebounds in that span to outrebound the Tar Heels 46-44.
"They just competed harder than we did both ends of the floor," said guard Marcus Paige, who led the Tar Heels with 15 points.