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UNC comes back from 18 down to top UT Martin

Scoring While Sitting On Floor

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Xylina McDaniel scored the go-ahead basket off an offensive rebound with 56 seconds remaining to help fourth-seeded North Carolina overcome an 18-point second half deficit and defeat UT Martin 60-58 on Sunday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

McDaniel scored 14 points, even converting a shot from sitting on the floor under the basket.

Karisma Tyson had a chance to win the game for UT Martin but her 3-pointer was off the mark.

North Carolina trailed 50-32 with 10:51 left in the game when Diamond DeShields ignited a 15-0 run. DeShields, the conference's freshman player of the year, had 13 of her 15 points during the second half.

Heather Butler finished with 19 points for UT Martin, tying the all-time NCAA career record for career 3-pointers made. Butler finished her career with 392 3s, tying the mark set by Kansas State's Laurie Koehn in 2005.

After the game, fans were forced to stay inside Carmichael Arena after police announced there was an armed and dangerous person near the campus.

UT Martin was looking to become only the seventh No. 13 seed to advance to the second round.

And for a while it looked like they would.

UT Martin seemed to surprise the taller Tar Heels with their speed and ability to get to the basket in the early going.

Led by Butler, who had 13 points at the break, UT Martin was 6 of 13 from 3-point range in the first half to build a 35-22 lead at the break. UNC was just 1 of 10 from 3-point range in the first half.

UT Martin held DeShields was 0 for 4 from the field in the first half. However, she had 11 points during her team's crucial 15-0 run.

But she didn't have the play of the game.

With North Carolina leading 54-53 with three minutes to go, McDaniel wound up on the floor going for an offensive rebound.

The ball fell into her hands.

She looked around momentarily and then threw the ball off the glass and into the basket. She smiled and laughed as she got up and ran back down the floor.

UT Martin wasn't done though.

Jasmine Newsome knocked down a 3-point with 1:15 left in the game to tie it at 58.

But when Latifah Coleman missed a jump shot, McDaniel was there for the put back and the go ahead points, helping salvage UNC's season.

They will move on to face No. 5 Michigan State in the second round on Tuesday.

The game was delayed at the start of the second half because the scoreboard at Carmichael Arena had to be lowered to the floor to fix a buzzing noise in the sound system. It took about 15 minutes to fix the problem.

The delay didn't seem to bother UT Martin.

They stayed hot in the second half working the ball inside to Ashia Jones, who seemed to score at will in the low post. She finished with 18 points and eight rebounds.

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jbfoxfirstcc March 23 2014 at 8:42 PM

This is the X Mans daughter....How come she didn't go to WSU!!

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ROD March 24 2014 at 7:37 AM

great shot, the "butt shot" a heck of a lot better than the "butt fumble"

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cdavecrz March 23 2014 at 10:20 PM

the second half of this game, the refs refused to see N.C. fouls. Charges, blocks, slaps, it was all over looked. Worst officiated womens basketball game I've ever seen. Oh, and I am a N.C. fan, U-Conn first, but I want N.C. to win honest,,, that was not the truth in the 2 nd half. N.C deserved to loose. UT Martin was the better team, and got screwed by the refs second half.

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mjunc1023 cdavecrz March 23 2014 at 10:43 PM

Regardless of the officiating... Don't lie. You are not a "N.C." fan. Fans of the University of North Carolina refer to ourselves as UNC fans or Carolina fans.... or in the alma mater it talks about fans shouting NCU... but in DECADES as a UNC fan, I have never heard, nor seen in writing, any real UNC fan call themselves a N.C. fan. PLEASE. And if you are going to fib about that, then I'm not sure I can trust your opinion on the officiating. The announcers didn't seem to say anything about it. Nice try.

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Thomas mjunc1023 March 23 2014 at 11:10 PM

UNC class of '76 and I agree with you. You're either a UNC fan or not. cdavecrz definitely ISN'T!

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cdavecrz mjunc1023 March 24 2014 at 7:12 AM


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lezg42 March 24 2014 at 10:38 AM

Thank you cdavecrz ; I have looked at several news articles about that game and no mention was made of the bad calls or no calls when it came to NC. You left out the intercom announcement about the campus lockdown that came during UT Martin's last time out and the refs refused to grant them an extended time out and I'm sure nothing could be heard over that intercom. The lockdown actually happened much earlier but wasn't announced until that crucial time near the end of the game. So it seemed a collaboration of bad refs and bad timing by the arena personnel. Whether or not you're a North Carolina fan, a person would have had to be blind not to see the missed calls.

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endmillll March 24 2014 at 7:35 AM

I liked that one .

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jwfoust March 24 2014 at 12:26 AM

Great shot, great concentration.

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static3604 March 24 2014 at 12:21 AM

lol still missed a wide open lay-up to give herself that opportunity..womens basketball I tell ya...

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cjgdnight March 24 2014 at 12:06 AM

great shot!!!!

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Thomas March 23 2014 at 11:12 PM

This would have been a tough loss. Our boys lost to ISU tonight, making my wife (ISU class of '89) very happy. She says that it is retribution for the ISU loss to us in the NCAA tournament in '95, Hoiberg's last year.

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msggov March 23 2014 at 10:56 PM

She missed a easy one and made the hard one good shot.

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