North Carolina holds on to beat OR 77-76 in Final Four

Game 1 of the Final Four was won in a thirller by Gonzaga, and now we're set for the second game of the night.

They would have lost Saturday if not for Meeks, Williams said.

OR (33-6) shot 38 percent, went 3 for 18 from 3-point range in the second half and had 16 turnovers, yet pulled within 77-74 on Tyler Dorsey's 3-pointer with 45 seconds left.

"People keep score when you play games. sometimes you win, sometimes you don't, that score eventually goes away". He missed the first free throw and missed the second, but North Carolina found the free throw line again missing both free throws but getting the final rebound to send OR home.

As the Las Vegas Sun noted, that may not make North Carolina a good choice.

The Bulldogs, who have lost once in 38 games this season, play the victor of the Oregon-North Carolina game for the national championship Monday night.

Bell finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds.

Much of the focus before Saturday will be on the health of North Carolina point guard Joel Berry II, who is dealing with two balky ankles. Berry also missed two free throws, but Meeks saved the day.

"We talk and work on little things all the time", Williams said. "But we're moving on".

The Oregon Ducks fell behind early, but came back.

"We all kind of came together. We just couldn't finish the game". This let the Tar Heels run out the clock and seal their second championship game berth in a row. OR finished seven for 26 on threes for the game.

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North Carolina was plenty excited to get back to its second straight Final Four, but anything short of cutting down the nets would have been deeply disappointing for this team.

The game would seemingly be decided at the free-throw line. The Zags face North Carolina on Monday night.

One year later, North Carolina is one win from completing its quest to fix the Villanova-sized wound that has haunted it since becoming the victim of the all-time championship ending.

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - North Carolina missed the shots. They shot limited Gonzaga to 37% shooting in the second half to themselves a chance, and SEC palyer of the year Sindarius Thornwell eventually came on strong, finishing with 15 points after a tough first half.

His most important rebound, however, came after he almost gave the Ducks a chance to win the game with a pair of missed free throws and only five seconds on the clock.

Khris Middleton hit a 3-pointer with 40.7 seconds left in overtime, rookie Thon Maker scored a career-high 23 points and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Detroit Pistons 108-105 on Friday night.

"We said all year that we're a tight group", Williams-Goss said. Jackson had 22 points. He finished with 22 points.

Based on the way the second half was going, it seemed highly unlikely the Gamecocks would even be in that position, having fallen behind 65-51 with just under 11 minutes remaining.

The Tar Heels have been led all season by All-America wing Justin Jackson, who is averaging 18.2 points per game and shooting 38 percent from 3-point range (101 of 266). "I tell them if you line up on the rebound spot, when your teammate is shooting the free throw, you're trying to rebound". Killian Tillie, a freshman from France, iced the game with two free throws with 2.2 seconds left.

OR star Dillon Brooks struggled throughout the night. If only it were that easy for the Tar Heels. The Bulldogs never trailed after that.

In the end, the Tar Heels had to sweat it out.


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