Texas upends No. 14 UNC 86-83
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Texas coach Rick Barnes had told his players they would have to do something unexpected if they wanted to get more respect. The Longhorns figured out a way to do that Wednesday night with yet another win over North Carolina.
Demarcus Holland scored on a stickback of his own free throw with 4.1 seconds left to help Texas hold on and beat the 14th-ranked Tar Heels 86-83, its sixth straight win.
Holland finished with 15 points for the Longhorns (10-1), who survived a missed 3-pointer from UNC's Marcus Paige on the final play.
Texas shot 38 percent after halftime and 40 percent for the game, but dominated the boards and scored 21 second-chance points to beat the Tar Heels (7-3) for the sixth time in seven meetings.
"I said we're not going to be taken serious until we do something that we're not supposed to do," Barnes said. "I said you've got a chance this week and it starts here. We prepared. ... We're tough. We've got a tough group of guys."
Texas was the aggressor from the start, building a double-digit lead and staying in control nearly all game. And when the Tar Heels made their late push, Holland's stickback offered the perfect example of how this season's group can overcome its mistakes.
With his team protecting an 84-83 lead, Holland missed his first free throw with 7.2 seconds left and knew his second was short as soon as it left his hand. He raced inside and grabbed the rebound in a crowd, then put up a shot that bounced around the rim before dropping through the net.
Paige got a good look on the final possession from in front of the UNC bench, but the shot rimmed out at the horn to seal Texas' fourth win by three or fewer points.