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Cory Joseph Leads Longhorns Past Tar Heels

(Sports Network) – Cory Joseph drained a go-ahead jumper with 1.4 seconds remaining in regulation to lift No. 22 Texas to a 78-76 victory over North Carolina at the Greensboro Coliseum.

The Tar Heels pulled even on Harrison Barnes’ three-pointer with 12.7 seconds left. Following a Texas (9-2) timeout, Joseph hit a fallaway jumper from the top of the key to seal the Longhorns’ third straight win.

Jordan Hamilton scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Texas, while Joseph finished with 21 points.

Dexter Strickland netted 18 points to pace North Carolina (7-4), which saw its win streak halted at three games.

The Tar Heels trailed by as many as 10 in the opening frame before rallying to take a 33-32 lead at the break.

A John Henson dunk put North Carolina up 47-40 five minutes into the second half, and the Tar Heels maintained that advantage over the next 10 minutes. However, the Longhorns put together a 10-2 run to seize a 70-69 lead with about three minutes to play.

North Carolina’s Tyler Zeller followed with consecutive baskets to make it 73-70, setting up the wild finish.

Game Notes

Texas leads the all-time series, 4-2, including wins in each of the last four meetings…Gary Johnson and J’Covan Brown totaled 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Longhorns…Barnes had 16 points and Zeller contributed 14 with seven rebounds.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.