Mar 27

North Carolina can't hold on in 79-72 loss to Wisconsin

LOS ANGELES (AP) — North Carolina received the quick pace it wanted & the defense it needed against 7-foot Frank Kaminsky. The Tar Heels just couldn’t keep it going for 40 minutes. They led much of the game only to end up losing 79-72 to top-seeded Wisconsin in the West Regional semifinals Thursday night. Brice Johnson & Justin Jackson scored 15 points each for the fourth-seeded Tar Heels (26-12), who received within one on consecutive 3-pointers by Marcus Paige with 54 seconds left. Wisconsin (34-3) made all eight of its free throws over the final 42 seconds. Sam Dekker scored a career-high 23 points & Kaminsky added 19 as the Badgers advanced to the final eight of the NCAA Tournament. “Our initial defense was pretty satisfactory despite a couple lapses,” said Paige, who finished with 12 points. “It was pretty strong, pretty intense the entire game. We just couldn’t obtain enough finishes in terms of getting rebounds.” Carolina led most of the second half until a 9-0 run by the Badgers. The Tar Heels closed within one on a 3-pointer by Jackson & a free throw by Johnson with 4:21 left. …

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