UNC rallies past Miami at buzzer

Jan. 27, 2013 @ 10:44 PM

Danielle Butts beat the buzzer with a game-winning jump shot to help No. 11 North Carolina hand Miami a rare home loss 64-62 Sunday.

With UNC (19-2, 7-1 ACC) trailing 62-60, the Tar Heels’ Tierra Ruffin-Pratt stole the ball from Krystal Saunders and hit two free throws after being fouled by Stefanie Yderstrom.

When Suriya Mcguire missed a layup for Miami (14-6, 5-4) with 5 seconds remaining, UNC’s Brittany Rountree gathered the rebound and moved the ball up the court to Butts, who hit the winning jumper.

“Brittany had three Miami players on her and I saw that nobody was guarding me, so I took advantage of it and I sprinted,” Butts said. “Me and Brittany made eye contact, and I knew to be ready for the ball. She did a good job of controlling the ball, making sure she didn’t turn it over, and then she saw me open in the corner and she passed it and I just caught it and shot it.”

The loss snapped an 11-game home winning streak for Miami and was just its second loss in its past 54 home games.

The lead changed hands 10 times in the second half, including seven times during a 4-minute stretch in the middle of the frame.

Ruffin-Pratt paced the Tar Heels with 19 points. Miami’s Morgan Stroman scored a career-high 28 points.

UNC looked to be in control early, leading by as many as 11 late in the first half. But Stroman fueled a run that put the Hurricanes in control, scoring 11 straight by herself at one point.

Down 61-56 with 32.5 to play, Ruffin-Pratt drove coast-to-coast to draw and foul and made both free throws.

“We don’t give up,” Butts said. “Even if it looks like it’s not going to go our way, we kept fighting. That’s the mentality we developed.”

The Tar Heels picked up full-court pressure and forced an errant pass by Miami’s Maria Brown. Xylina McDaniel beat Saunders to the loose ball and made two free throw’s to cut it to 1. Saunders made 1 of 2 after a foul on the ensuing play before Ruffin-Pratt’s steal tied it and Butts’ jumper won it.

“It feels good,” said Butts, a sophomore who also had 11 rebounds. “I like the feeling. It’s a lot of emotions going through my head and I’m just glad me and my team didn’t give up and kept fighting ‘til the end.”

The teams combined for 16 assists and 58 turnovers.

The win was No. 898 for Sylvia Hatchell, who moved within two of becoming the third women’s coach to get to 900. UNC is back in action Thursday at 7 p.m. against Florida State at Carmichael Arena.

No. 11 NORTH CAROLINA 64, MIAMI 62

|FG|FT|Reb

NORTH CAROLINA|Min|M-A|M-A|O-T|A|PF|PTS

Rountree|33|1-6|0-0|1-2|2|4|3

Gross|28|4-6|0-0|4-12|3|5|8

Rolle|7|1-4|0-0|1-2|0|4|2

McDaniel|32|4-11|4-4|1-4|0|4|12

Ruffin-Pratt|32|5-14|9-16|0-6|2|2|19

Coleman|23|2-6|3-5|0-1|0|2|7

Buckland|17|1-4|0-4|4-4|2|2|2

Butts|21|2-5|3-4|4-11|0|2|7

Bryant|7|2-3|0-0|0-0|0|1|4

Totals|200|22-59|19-33|18-47|9|26|64

Percentages: FG .373, FT .576.

3-Point Goals: 1-7, .143 (Rountree 1-3, Coleman 0-1, McDaniel 0-1, Gross 0-1, Buckland 0-1).

Team Rebounds: 5.

Blocked Shots: 2 (Buckland, Rolle).

Turnovers: 29 (Gross 6, Ruffin-Pratt 6, McDaniel 5, Coleman 4, Rountree 4, Butts 2, Bryant, Buckland).

Steals: 13 (Gross 3, Buckland 3, Rountree 3, McDaniel, Butts, Coleman, Ruffin-Pratt).

Technical Fouls: None.

|FG|FT|Reb

MIAMI|Min|M-A|M-A|O-T|A|PF|PTS

Yderstrom|28|1-13|3-4|1-3|0|2|6

Saunders|29|2-3|1-2|0-2|1|3|7

Stroman|32|9-13|10-11|7-13|0|3|28

McGuire|33|2-10|3-8|0-3|2|4|8

Wilson|26|1-5|5-6|2-10|4|3|7

Dennis|3|0-0|0-0|0-0|0|0|0

Woods|20|1-6|1-2|0-1|0|2|4

Hayes|5|0-0|0-0|0-1|0|2|0

Williams|8|0-1|0-0|1-1|0|1|0

Capers|0|0-0|0-0|0-0|0|2|0

Brown|16|1-2|0-0|0-1|0|4|2

Totals|200|17-53|23-33|13-40|7|26|62

Percentages: FG .321, FT .697.

3-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Saunders 2-3, McGuire 1-2, Woods 1-4, Yderstrom 1-6).

Team Rebounds: 5.

Blocked Shots: 3 (Wilson, McGuire, Stroman).

Turnovers: 27 (Stroman 6, Saunders 5, Yderstrom 4, Brown 3, Wilson 2, McGuire 2, Hayes, Dennis, Williams).

Steals: 16 (Yderstrom 4, Stroman 4, Brown 2, McGuire 2, Wilson 2, Williams, Hayes).

Technical Fouls: None.

North Carolina|33|31—64

Miami|27|35—62

A_2,664.

Officials_Dee Kantner, Joe Cunningham, Karen Preato.