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UNC continues baffling season

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Texas coach Rick Barnes had told his players they would have to do something unexpected if they wanted to get more respect. The Longhorns figured out a way to do that Wednesday night with yet another win over North Carolina.

Demarcus Holland scored on a stick-back of his own missed free throw with 4.1 seconds left to help Texas hold on and beat the 14th-ranked Tar Heels 86-83, its sixth straight win.

Holland had 15 points for the Longhorns (10-1), who survived a missed 3-pointer by UNC's Marcus Paige on the final play.

Texas shot 38 percent after halftime and 40 percent for the game but dominated the boards and scored 21 second-chance points to beat the Tar Heels (7-3) for the sixth time in seven meetings.

"I said we're not going to be taken serious until we do something that we're not supposed to do," Barnes said. "I said you've got a chance this week and it starts here. We prepared. … We're tough. We've got a tough group of guys."

Texas was the aggressor from the start, building a double-digit lead and staying in control nearly all game until the Tar Heels made their late push.

With his team protecting an 84-83 lead, Holland missed his first free throw with 7.2 seconds left and knew his second was short as soon as it left his hand. He raced inside and grabbed the rebound in a crowd, then put up a shot that bounced around the rim before dropping through.

NO. 3 OHIO ST. 76, DELAWARE 64: LaQuinton Ross scored 19, including eight in a decisive 15-0 run, to lead the host Buckeyes (11-0), who have won every game by double figures.

STANFORD 53, NO. 10 UCONN 51: Chasson Randle scored 22 for the visiting Cardinal, which overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to upset the Huskies (9-1).

NO. 12 BAYLOR 91, NW STATE 84, OT: Kenny Chery scored 10 of his 20 in overtime as the host Bears (9-1) survived in their return from an extended break.

NO. 22 UMASS 83, OHIO 71: Maxie Escho had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the visiting Minutemen (10-0), who shot 60.4 percent from the field (32-of-53).

NO. 24 SAN DIEGO ST. 76, S. UTAH 39: Xavier Thames scored 16 and Josh Davis had 13 points and 14 rebounds to lead the host Aztecs (8-1), who had been off for nine days for finals.

DOMINICAN (N.Y.) 73, TAMPA 72, OT: Vincent Cornu had 17 points for the host Spartans (5-3), whose reserves were outscored by 29.

TUSKEGEE 71, ECKERD 63: Jerrick Stevenson had 15 points for the host Tritons (5-4), who made only 28 of 41 free throws and shot 33.3 percent from the floor.

ANOTHER MURPHY joins gators: Alex Murphy, younger brother of former Florida forward Erik Murphy, is transferring from Duke to Florida. The redshirt sophomore is expected to enroll in January. The 6-foot-9, 230-pound forward averaged 2.1 points and 1 rebound in 31 games in a limited role as a redshirt freshman for Duke last season. He shot 49.1 percent (27-of-55).

COACH'S RANT: Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson said he regretted singling out a player in a postgame diatribe that went viral, but that's about it. He said at a news conference he apologized to starting point guard Marcus Fillyaw for calling him "absolutely awful" after Tuesday's 73-65 loss at Murray State. Hinson, however, said he wouldn't take back calling his players "uncoachable," "a bunch of mama's boys" and comparing the disciplining of his young team to housebreaking a puppy.


MTSU 68, USF 62: A late rally fell short for the host Bulls (5-5), who lost for the second straight time to an NCAA Tournament team from last season. Tamara Taylor had a career-high 22 points and hit four of USF's five 3-pointers. The Bulls cut an eight-point deficit to 64-62 on Taylor's final 3-pointer with 12 seconds left, but the Blue Raiders (8-3) closed it out at the line.

NO. 9 BAYLOR 87, OLE MISS 80: Odyssey Sims scored 39, including six in the final minute, and the Bears (9-1) won their 66th straight game at home.

NO. 14 UNC 74, NO. 10 S.C. 66: Freshman Stephanie Mavunga had 20 points and 12 rebounds as the Tar Heels (10-2) beat the Gamecocks (9-1) at Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Convention Center, their fifth straight win.

NO. 18 PURDUE 49, G.B. 45: K.K. Houser and Courtney Moses hit five free throws in the final 31.3 seconds as the visiting Boilermakers (8-2) held off a late rally.

NO. 20 OKLAHOMA 79, FAIRFIELD 51: Aaryn Ellenberg had 23 points for the visiting Sooners (8-3) in a game that started 45 minutes late because Oklahoma got stuck in traffic coming from New York City.

Times staff writer Antonya English contributed to this report.

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