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Louisville 74, North Carolina 67

CHAPEL HILL, N.C - Dana Evans scored 22 points to help fifth-ranked Louisville beat North Carolina 74-67 to remain unbeaten in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Jazmine Jones added 19 points for the Cardinals (18-1, 7-0 ACC), who led by double figures by midway through the first quarter and by 20 shortly before halftime. The Cardinals maintained a double-figure edge until the Tar Heels made a last push to get back in it, then had to hold on as UNC got within 71-67 on Taylor Koenen's contested stepback 3-pointer with 1:22 left.

The Tar Heels had a chance to make it a one-possession game, but Madinah Muhammad missed a 3 with 33 seconds left after a turnover. That ultimately would prove to be UNC's best chance, with Evans hitting two key free throws with 22 seconds left to help keep the Cardinals in control.

Koenen and Muhammad each scored 17 points for the Tar Heels (13-5, 4-3), who shot 46% but never fully recovered from a disastrous first-half performance filled with turnovers.

Louisville appeared headed for an easy win after shooting 59% in the first half while giving the Tar Heels problems by extending their defensive pressure. UNC also helped the Cardinals build quick momentum with an uncharacteristic array of 12 turnovers, leading to 16 points for the Cardinals.

The Tar Heels had taken down a top-10 opponent less than two weeks ago by beating rival North Carolina State to give new coach Courtney Banghart her first marquee win here. They rallied from a double-figure deficit in that one, but couldn't quite pull off another big comeback at home.

Associated Press

January 19, 2020