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Now it was time for the Tar Heels to show their toughness. Roy Williams' squads have struggled to top the Texas Longhorns over the years, but now they'd be facing UNC in enemy territory after another signature win by the 'Heels.
Though unranked, Texas came into Chapel Hill sporting a 9-1 record and they were not to be denied of win No. 10.
The Tar Heels started off strong, making good on their first three attempts of the night. But the defense couldn't stop Demarcus Holland, who scored the Longhorns' first seven points. And as the defense goes in Carolina, so does the offense.
A 7-6 lead by the Longhorns quickly turned into a 16-8 advantage before Tokoto sank a free throw to get the home team going again. Soon, Carolina would grab its first lead of the night, 21-19, but that wouldn't last long.
UNC went cold again, and sloppy defense put Texas on the line, where they capitalized for the remainder of the half. The defense allowed 53 points, which was the main culprit of an 11-point halftime deficit.
Texas went cold for the first 10 minutes of the second half, allowing the Tar Heels to sneak back into the game on a 16-11 run. Suddenly, as if Roy Williams found jet fuel again to spike his players' drinks with, the Tar Heels started playing with the passion and intensity that had been lost for the first 30 minutes of the contest.
Carolina went on a 12-2 run to tie the game at 72 before a TV timeout took the wind out of its sails with 3:35 to go. Just when it appeared they were out of it, down 84-78 with 26 ticks on the clock, Isaiah Taylor picked up a technical that sent Paige to the free-throw line. He proceeded to bury both free throws and cap it off with a clutch three, making it 84-83 in favor of Texas.
McAdoo fouled Holland on the next play to force free throws and stop the clock. Holland missed both, but managed to corral his own rebound and stick it back in.
Paige had one last shot to tie the game, but his three-pointer rimmed out at the buzzer.
Once again, Carolina left a ton of points at the stripe, missing 23 of its 47 free throws. They also allowed the Longhorns to haul in 20 offensive rebounds.
Just a few more makes from the free-throw line and a little tenacity on the boards could have easily changed the outcome of this one. But that's pretty much the story of this 2013-14 season thus far.
Texas 86, North Carolina 83