Tar Heels advance; Duke, NCCU fall
Mar. 22, 2014 @ 01:14 AM

No. 6 seed North Carolina capped a late comeback at the foul line and on the offensive boards to beat No. 11 seed Providence 79-77 Friday night to advance to Sunday’s third round of the NCAA Tournament.

Marcus Paige tied the game at 77 with 1:06 left to play with a 3-pointer.

James Michael McAdoo’s free throw with three seconds left snapped a 77-77 tie and he then rebounded his own missed free throw — his second offensive board in the final minute — and was fouled with two seconds left. He made another foul shot and UNC rebounded his ensuing miss to end it.

Things didn’t go as smoothly at PNC Arena in Raleigh, where No. 3 seed Duke was the day’s major tournament upset loser, falling to No. 14 seed Mercer 78-71.

Late Friday, No. 14 seed N.C. Central saw its inaugural NCAA Tournament appearance as a Division I program come to an early end at the hands of No. 3 seed Iowa State 93-75 in San Antonio. The Eagles hung tough for the first half, trailing just 45-39 at the break, but Iowa State pulled away in the second half.

With No. 12 seed N.C. State’s elimination by No. 5 seed Saint Louis Thursday, the area’s four-team NCAA contingent is down to just UNC for the round of 32.