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North Carolina 69, Notre Dame 68

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Joel Berry II hit two free throws with 7.1 seconds left as No. 20 North Carolina earned its first Atlantic Coast Conference road victory of the season Saturday with a 69-68 triumph over Notre Dame.

Berry finished with 15 points while Luke Maye had a double-double - 17 points and 11 rebounds - and Theo Pinson added 13 for the Tar Heels (14-4, 3-2). Sophomore point guard T.J. Gibbs got a game-high 19 points and six assists for the Irish (13-5, 3-2).

Gibbs dribbled downcourt and got off an errant shot but got a rebound which spun out at the buzzer. Senior center Martinas Geben hit his first career 3-pointer while scoring 14 for Notre Dame and reserve

Nikola Djogo had a career-high 12 points as Notre Dame stayed close by hitting 10 of 24 (41.7 percent) from beyond the arc.

The Tar Heels led 40-37 after a competitive first half during which both teams endured long stretches without field goals. The lead changed hands 14 times.

Maye came up one rebound short of a double-double with 13 points and 9 rebounds, while Berry had nine points, all from beyond the arc, but drew his third personal in the final 2 minutes.

Gibbs, who missed his first four shots, finally got on the board with 7:44 left after the Irish endured a 6:54 stretch without a field goal. He finished with nine points.

Geben scored four points, had two offensive boards and took a charge as Notre Dame started the second half on an 11-7 run for a 48-47 lead with 14:40 to play.

After five straight points by Pinson gave the Tar Heels a 56-50 lead with 9:48 to play, Notre Dame called a timeout. A 10-4 spurt highlighted by two 3-pointers by Gibbs after his backhanded missed field goal was hammered home by Rex Pflueger and made it 60-60 with 6:53 left.

Djogo then hit two 3-pointers to put the Irish up 66-60 with 5:58 remaining. But the Tar Heels closed with a 9-2 run as the Irish missed their final nine shots from the field.

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