Villanova Eliminated From Tournament After 78-71 Loss To UNC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — P.J. Hairston scored 23 points, James Michael McAdoo added 17 and North Carolina unleashed a flurry of 3-pointers to subdue gritty Villanova 78-71 in the NCAA tournament Friday night, giving coach Roy Williams his 700th career victory.

The never-say-die Wildcats (20-14) erased a 20-point deficit that North Carolina built in the first half and then nearly climbed out of a nine-point hole in the final minutes after the Tar Heels hit three consecutive 3s and once again appeared to take control.

The victory set up a possible dream matchup in the third round for Kansas fans, who have been jamming the Sprint Center in downtown Kansas City, about 30 minutes from the Jayhawks’ campus. The eighth-seeded Tar Heels (25-10) take on the winner between Western Kentucky and No. 1 seed Kansas, where Williams coached for 15 years and rang up more than 400 wins.

Picking on a season-long weakness for the ninth-seeded Wildcats, North Carolina shot 11 of 21 from 3-point range while getting outrebounded 37-28.

JayVaughn Pinkston had 20 points and Darrun Hilliard scored 18 for Villanova.

After UNC took a seemingly comfortable 65-56 lead on Hairston’s 3-pointer and McAdoo’s jumper, Ryan Arcidiacono answered with Villanova’s second 3-pointer, cutting the lead to 65-59. But Marcus Paige dropped in a short jumper and put the Tar Heels on top 67-59 before a media timeout with 3:03 to go.

A pair of foul shots by Arcidiacono, James Bell’s 3-pointer and Pinkston’s two free throws sliced the lead to 67-66. Paige then drilled a 3 and Hairston completed a three-point play a little while later for a 76-68 lead with 42 seconds left.

Earlier, trying to protect a precarious 54-50 lead over the plucky Wildcats, North Carolina went to its strongest weapon and unleashed 3-pointers on three straight possessions by Hairston, Reggie Bullock and Hairston again.

Shooting from long range, the Tar Heels were openly exploiting a season-long weakness for Villanova, which had struggled with perimeter defense.

Paige had 14 points and Bullock added 15 as Williams also extended his NCAA record of consecutive tournament appearances with at least one win to 21.

Mouphtaou Yarou scored 17 points and Arcidiacono had 10 for Villanova.

A 15-0 run midway through the first half led to a 32-12 North Carolina lead and Williams seemed destined to comfortably cruise to victory No. 700. A jumper by McAdoo gave North Carolina its biggest lead with 7 minutes to go in the half.

But after going without a field goal from the 10:56 mark to 5:16 showing on the game clock, the Wildcats regrouped, pounced on some sudden sloppiness by North Carolina and closed out the half on a 14-3 spree to go into halftime trailing only 37-29.

Then, opening the second half on an 11-3 spurt, they finally caught up when Hilliard’s layup tied it 40-all at the 16:04 mark.

Hilliard’s bucket and Pinkston’s putback gave Villanova a 44-42 lead, its first since it was 4-3. But at the 12:06 mark, Bullock’s third 3-pointer gave North Carolina a 47-45 advantage.

Paige, Hairston and McDonald all hit 3-pointers while the Wildcats were committing five turnovers during North Carolina’s first-half run. After Leslie McDonald took a pass from Bullock and moved in for a layup, Hairston scored on an underhand scoop and McDonald drilled a 3 — putting North Carolina on top 28-11.

Two free throws by McAdoo made it 30-11, then Pinkston and Arcidiacono hit free throws before Pinkston dropped in a jumper to end the Wildcats’ field goal drought.

Pinkston got open for a 12-footer and Hilliard followed with another short jumper, making it 37-23. After a Tar Heels turnover, Tony Chennault kept the spree alive with another bucket.

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Near-Whiteout Conditions Greet Sierra Visitors On Sunday

By Angela Musallam NYACK (CBS13) – It's been a rough day for many, to say the least. One Shell gas station was more like an assembly line for most of Sunday, with semi-trucks coming in to get chained and snow plows heading out to clear the roads. It was so busy that one employee said three other gas stations west of Nyack were completely out of gas. One Bay Area family put their own spin on the snowy weather and turned the slush into a family snowball fight. “It’s not disappointing. This is what we came up here for,” the father said. Others didn't have quite as much fun. It wasn't the lack of snow, but too much of it. “Didn’t take ‘em out we got socked in,” a driver said. “I don't think we are gonna get out!” There was no shortage of semis at the shell station truck stop. Aiko and her husband were on their way up to Sparks, Nevada from Stockton and got blocked in. It was bad timing, as other semis were preparing for the chain control checkpoint down Interstate 80 at Baxter. Not wanting to spend the night in a snow storm, Aiko and her husband were determined to get out of the semi gridlock. “It’s our first time getting stuck, and I’m hoping our last time,” Aiko said. It took some real effort, but Aiko and her husband made it out safely. There were reports of some accidents on I-80 Sunday night that caused some backups, but the roads are still open.
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