We're just over 24 hours away from the calendar officially switching over to March but that didn't stop Miami's Ja'Quon Newton from giving us an appetizer of the big shots and drama that next month should bring. The Hurricanes traveled to Chapel Hill for an ACC tilt against No. 9 North Carolina on Tuesday night and the back-and-forth contest fittingly ended in a pair of clutch 3-pointers.

North Carolina's Joel Berry II tied the game on a 3-pointer with 4.1 seconds left in the game but that was enough time for Newton to receive the inbounds pass, and nail a running 40-footer as the final buzzer sounded, giving Miami a 91-88 win.

It was the only 3-pointer Newton attempted all game and it clearly couldn't have come at a more important time. He finished with 15 points as six Miami players scored in double figures.

Miami improved to 21-8 (10-7 ACC), just one game behind North Carolina (22-8, 11-6 ACC) in the conference standings with one regular season game remaining. Given the opponent and the game's location, it was very likely the Hurricanes' biggest win of the season.

Andy Wittry has written for SI.com, Sporting News, the Indianapolis Star, Louisville Courier-Journal and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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