North Carolina drops Miami (Fla.)
Tar Heels’ Shegog scores 20 points and go-ahead free throws
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Chay Shegog hit the go-ahead free throws with 1:11 left, helping No. 25 North Carolina rally past No. 12 Miami (Fla.) 65-63 on Monday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.
Shegog finished with 20 points to lead the Tar Heels (11-2, 1-0 ACC), who won despite finishing with a season-high 31 turnovers. North Carolina trailed by eight with about five and a half minutes left before fighting back to take its first lead on Shegog's free throws.
Freshman Brittany Rountree added 14 points, including two free throws with 16.7 seconds left to push UNC's lead to four.
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Miami (11-3, 0-1) had a chance to tie it late, but Riquna Williams missed a layup after pushing past Rountree in transition. Shegog grabbed the rebound and was fouled with two seconds left. She missed both free throws, but Morgan Stroman's hurried heave from beyond midcourt wasn't close as the horn sounded.
Williams finished with 16 points, including a driving layup while drawing a blocking foul from Shannon Smith for a three-point play that brought Miami to 64-63 with 11.1 seconds left. Stefanie Yderstrom added 15 points, and Shenise Johnson had 11 on 4-13 shooting.
North Carolina looked lost early on, trailing by 11 in the first half and losing senior guard She'la White to a sprained left ankle before halftime. That loss to an already depleted roster looked crippling when freshmen Smith and Rountree were left as the Tar Heels’ only true ball handlers, and Rountree picked up her fourth-foul less than a minute into the second half.
At times, the Tar Heels were struggling to get the ball across midcourt against Miami's full court trap or find much offensive rhythm. Yet, they kept fighting all night, taking a 41-34 edge on the glass and holding Miami to 35 percent shooting, including 6-26 from 3-point range.
Ultimately, that helped the Tar Heels negate all those miscues, which led to 25 points off turnovers for Miami.