CHAPEL HILL, N.C., FEB. 11 -- Scott Williams and J.R. Reid each scored twice in overtime to lift North Carolina to a 75-73 victory over North Carolina State in front of 21,000 at Smith Center.
The Tar Heels led by 75-71 with 10 seconds left. North Carolina State's Chris Corchiani threw in an off-balance shot with two seconds left. The Wolfpack signaled for time, but the referees ruled the game over.
In regulation, the Tar Heels were up by 67-60 with 1:06 left, but freshman Rodney Monroe made a three-pointer for North Carolina State, which immediately fouled J.R. Reid with 56 seconds left. Reid missed the front end of the one-and-one, and Chucky Brown made a 14-footer. Vinny Del Negro stole the ball, passed to Brown, then ipped in Brown's missed layup for a 67-67 tie with 24 seconds left.
After two North Carolina timeouts, Jeff Lebo drove by Corchiani but Charles Shackleford blocked Lebo's shot with five seconds left. After another Tar Heel timeout, Lebo's three-pointer with two seconds left bounded away, forcing overtime.
The victory leaves North Carolina (17-3 overall) in a first-place tie with Duke at 6-2. The Wolfpack had been tied with those two coming in, but the loss drops them to 5-3 in the ACC and 15-5 overall. The Tar Heels, who lost to Duke here in the only meeting so far this year, beat North Carolina State early in the season in Raleigh. The last time North Carolina lost to the Wolfpack here was by 68-67 on Jan. 18, 1976, in Carmichael Auditorium.
Ranzino Smith's basket opened the second half and gave North Carolina a 36-35 lead, which was its first since 2-0. After Steve Bucknall and Chucky Brown traded baskets, the Tar Heels got six straight points on baskets by Smith, Rick Fox and Peter Chilcutt to take a 44-37 lead.
Smith's basket gave North Carolina a 57-47 lead. Del Negro and Corchiani made consecutive three pointers to cut the lead to 57-53, but North Carolina answered immediately and pushed the lead back to 61-53.
Reid started the game with a hook, North Carolina State scored six straight and then Reid tied it at six with two free throws and a short jumper.
After the game was again tied, 8-8, the Wolfpack outscored the Tar Heels by 18-7 over a span of 5:24. Brian Howard had six points in that stretch, starting it with a short, twisting jumper. Freshman Rodney Monroe, a substitute, the bench to hit two three-point shots in the run and Monroe's 12-foot jumper gave North Carolina State a 26-15 lead with 10:03 left.
After an exchange of baskets, the Wolfpack pushed the lead a bit higher with help from the Tar Heels. North Carolina was the ACC's best foul shooting team coming into tonight's game (74.2 percent) but made only nine of 16 in the first half. After Bucknall missed the second of two, Brown scored inside to give the Wolfpack its biggest lead thus far, 32-19.
The Tar Heels are famous for the their half-court trapping, and they were hoping to get the better of freshman Corchiani, who is barely 6 feet and was trying to run the Wolfpack's high-post offense. The other notable defensive move by North Carolina Coach Dean Smith was to put 6-6 Bucknall on guard Del Negro.
Putting Bucknall on Del Negro worked better than the traps; Del Negro scored five points in the first half. See Summary, D8