Kenny Smith and Brad Daugherty scored 16 points apiece and top-ranked North Carolina beat Purdue, 73-62, yesterday to advance to the championship game of the eighth annual Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage.
The Tar Heels (4-0) will play No. 16 Nevada-Las Vegas (4-0), which defeated Arizona, 60-59, last night, getting 17 points from Freddie Banks and overcoming a 17-6 deficit.
With a hustling zone defense, Purdue (2-1) was able to offset North Carolina's superior height in the first half. Each team led by six points in the half, with the Tar Heels ahead, 32-29, at intermission with the help of seven points from reserve Curtis Hunter.
The Tar Heels began working inside at the start of the second half as 6-11 Daugherty (game-high 13 rebounds) and 6-10 Joe Wolf (14 points) combined for 13 points in the first 5 1/2 minutes.
In the consolation bracket, Division II Alaska-Anchorage (3-1) upset Missouri (2-2), 59-56, getting 11 points in the second half from Tyrone Jones (15 points). It was the Seawolves' fifth victory in the tournament's history. And Harold Pressley scored a career-high 27 points and got 13 rebounds to lead Villanova (3-2) to a 67-56 victory over Texas-San Antonio (1-2).