James Michael McAdoo sank two free throws in the final 3.5 seconds, and No. 6 seed North Carolina rallied to beat 11th-seeded Providence 79-77 Friday night in San Antonio.
Providence’s Bryce Cotton scored a career-high 36 points, and made one dazzling shot after another down the stretch. But he also fumbled a long rebound in the final moments, robbing the Friars of a chance for a last-second miracle.
Marcus Paige led UNC (24-9) with 19 points.
Iowa St. 93, N.C. Central 75: Georges Niang scored 24 points, and Iowa State’s quickness and balance won out in San Antonio.
The Cyclones (27-7) had four players score in double figures. Niang’s two 3-pointers early in the second half keyed Iowa State’s run that put the game away.
Jeremy Ingram scored 28 for North Carolina Central (28-6), which came in on a 20-game win streak and won the MEAC in just its third year as a full-time Division I program.
Memphis 71, George Washington 66: Michael Dixon Jr. scored 19 points, and hit four free throws in the final 10 seconds to help Memphis hold off George Washington in Raleigh, N.C.
Joe Jackson added 15 points for the eighth-seeded Tigers (24-9).
Isaiah Armwood scored a season-high 21 points after playing the final 12 minutes with four fouls for ninth-seeded GW (24-9), which never fell behind by more than 10 points.
Virginia 70, Coastal Carolina 59: Anthony Gill scored 17 points to help the Cavaliers pull away late in Raleigh, N.C., and avoid a historic upset in the NCAA tournament.
Virginia (29-6), the top seed in the East Region, trailed by 10 in the first half and five at halftime to the 16th-seeded Chanticleers (21-13) before taking the lead for good with about 9 minutes left.
With the score tied at 47, the Cavs finally put away the win with a 23-7 spurt.