Friday, February 23, 2018
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Non-calls infuriate Wolfpack as UNC survives

ATLANTA — After a rugged, foul-plagued game, the officials put their whistles away in the closing seconds.

It worked out just fine for North Carolina. It sent North Carolina State into a tizzy.

Kendall Marshall banked in a shot with 10.2 seconds left, and the No. 4 Tar Heels escaped a wild finish with a 69-67 victory over the Wolfpack in the semifinals of the ACC tournament Saturday.

N.C. State's Richard Howell thought he was fouled on the final play and started going after an official only to be pulled away by teammates.

North Carolina (29-4) breathed a big sigh of relief.

"Right now, we feel very fortunate to say the least," Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said. "If you want to put lucky in there, you can say that as well."

A couple of noncalls left N.C. State furious.

Alex Johnson went flying on Marshall's drive, but there was no whistle. The Wolfpack (22-12) got one more crack with 1.2 seconds left, and Howell thought he was fouled trying to put up a shot after getting his hand on a long pass.

"We're disappointed. Tremendously," coach Mark Gottfried said. "This is just a tough one to take. A tough one."

The Tar Heels played without John Henson, the former Sickles High standout who sprained his left wrist in a quarterfinal victory.

Round 1QuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinalSemifinalsQuarterfinalsRound 1
ThursdayFridaySaturdayTodaySaturdayFridayThursday
1 UNC 852 Duke 60
8 Md. 821 UNC 692 Duke 597 Clem. 63
8 Maryland 6910 Va. Tech 56
9 Wake 601 UNC10 V. Tech 68
1, Ch. 44, ESPN
5 N.C. St. 783 Florida St.6 Miami 54
5 N.C. State 676 Miami 71
12 BC 575 N.C. St. 673 FSU 6211 G.Tech 36
4 Virginia 643 FSU 82

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