SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Buddy Boeheim scored 26 to become a 1,000-point career scorer and Syracuse breathed some life into its NCAA Tournament hopes by holding on for a 72-70 win over North Carolina on Monday night.
The Orange were up 14 with 5:18 to play, 10 with less than two minutes to go and eight going into the final minute before it turned into a nail biter.
Twice in the last two minutes the Tar Heels tapped out a missed free throw and hit a 3-pointer for a four-point possession. The second time, when RJ Davis hit a 3, North Carolina was within 70-66 with 42.9 seconds left.
A second late turnover by Syracuse led to a Caleb Love layup to make it 70-68 with 19 seconds left.
Joe Girard made 1 of 2 free throws for a three-point lead and the Orange fouled. However Love missed two free throws and Girard was fouled again. He again made 1 of 2 at 10.1 seconds for a 72-68 lead before the Tar Heels got a putback at the buzzer.
Quincy Guerrier added 18 points for Syracuse (14-8, 8-7 Atlantic Coast Conference), which had lost two straight. Leading scorer Alan Griffin (15.5 points) went 1 for 10, the make coming with 3:26 to play, but added two clutch free throws at 1:06.
Armando Bacot had 18 points and 15 rebounds for North Carolina (14-10, 9-6), which won the first meeting 81-75. Garrison Brooks scored 11 and Love 10. The Tar Heels were plus-20 in rebounding but had 20 turnovers, shot 38.2%, going 4 of 20 behind the arc, and were just 14 of 22 from the foul line.
Boeheim hit three 3-pointers during an 11-0 run to close the half for a 34-28 lead — the last 3 to reach 1,001 points for his career. Boeheim had five of his six 3s and 17 points before the break as the Orange went 7 of 17 from distance to the Tar Heels’ 0 for 9.
Syracuse wraps up the regular season Wednesday at home against Clemson. North Carolina closes against visiting Duke on Saturday.
Campbell 63, Gardner-Webb 57
BUIES CREEK — Jordan Whitfield had 18 points as Campbell beat Gardner-Webb 63-57 in the quarterfinals of the Big South Conference tournament on Monday night.
Campbell (16-9), a No. 3 seed, will play No. 2 Radford on Thursday.
Joshua Lusane had 11 points and nine rebounds for Campbell.
Jordan Sears scored a season-high 20 points for the Runnin’ Bulldogs (11-15). D’Maurian Williams added 13 points.
Winthrop 83, High Point 54
ROCK HILL, S.C. — Adonis Arms scored 15 points, Chandler Vaudrin recorded a triple-double with 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists and Winthrop beat High Point 83-54 in the Big South Conference Tournament on Monday night.
Top-seeded Winthrop (21-1) plays Longwood on Thursday in the semifinals.
D.J. Burns Jr. added 12 points, Charles Falden had 10 and Russell Jones Jr. had a career-high 10 assists for Winthrop, which posted a season-high 24 assists.
John-Michael Wright had 17 points for the Panthers (9-15).
Longwood 77, UNC Asheville 61
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Leslie Nkereuwem came off the bench to tally 18 points to carry Longwood to a 77-61 win over UNC Asheville in the quarterfinals of the Big South Conference tourney on Monday night.
Longwood (12-15) plays top-seeded Winthrop on Thursday.
DeShaun Wade had 17 points for Longwood. Jesper Granlund added 10 points. Juan Munoz had 10 points and six rebounds. Nkereuwem hit 9 of 11 shots.
Tajion Jones had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Bulldogs (10-10). Jamon Battle added 13 points. Coty Jude had 12 points.