DURHAM, N.C. —
“I think at the end of the day, it just came down to our want-to against their want-to, and it just wasn’t there — the sense of urgency,” McAdoo said.
Leslie McDonald added 12 points for North Carolina.
The Tar Heels were denied their fourth win over a top-five team, but they briefly made things tense in the final minutes when Paige converted a four-point play to make it 81-73 with 2:50 left.
But the point guard missed 3s on the next two possessions — with Parker blocking the second of those with 2 1/2 minutes left.
Quinn Cook hit two free throws, Amile Jefferson added another and Parker hit two foul shots with 2:03 left to push the lead to 86-73 and effectively end it.
Cook finished with 11 points and Rasheed Sulaimon added 10.
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