Platek bucket lifts Carolina over Miami

It was senior Andrew Platek’s turn to play late-game hero for North Carolina as he drove the right baseline and scored over two defenders with three seconds left to give the Tar Heels a come-from-behind 67-65 victory at Miami. (1/5) The Hurricanes, who missed nine of their last 10 shots, tied the score at 65 on a teardrop turnaround jumper by Isaiah Wong with 16 seconds left following the Tar Heels 20th turnover of the game. The Tar Heels, not calling a timeout, pushed the ball upcourt. Leaky Black, who had hit all four three-point attempts and had a career-high […]

It was senior Andrew Platek’s turn to play late-game hero for North Carolina as he drove the right baseline and scored over two defenders with three seconds left to give the Tar Heels a come-from-behind 67-65 victory at Miami. (1/5)

The Hurricanes, who missed nine of their last 10 shots, tied the score at 65 on a teardrop turnaround jumper by Isaiah Wong with 16 seconds left following the Tar Heels 20th turnover of the game.

The Tar Heels, not calling a timeout, pushed the ball upcourt. Leaky Black, who had hit all four three-point attempts and had a career-high 16 points, may have been the obvious choice to take a last-second shot but Miami defenders cut his drive and Black got it to Platek.

With time running down, Platek said he didn’t think he had a better option than to drive the baseline. “I couldn’t pass to (Black) easily and my man was overplaying me but he came at the last second which I didn’t anticipate,” Platek said. “I didn’t think I had a better option as I was committed to it.”

With a second defender coming to help, the driving Platek pushed the ball up and cleanly in for the Carolina victory.

The Tar Heels led 32-30 at the half but trailed most of the second half, getting down by as many as nine points. Still behind 61-55 with just over five minutes to play, the Tar Heels went on an 8-0 run. That included a go-ahead three by Black from the right corner which put the Heels up 63-61 with 1:38 to go.

After Miami tied it on a pair of Wong free throws, Garrison Brooks, suffering from a bad outing, sank both ends of a one-and-one situation to put Carolina up 65-63 with 46 seconds left and set up the hectic ending.

The Tar Heels had a couple of scoring droughts during the game and managed to hit only 29 percent of their two-point attempts. But the Hurricanes suffered through a seven-minute field goal drought until that bucket with 16 seconds left that set up Platek’s heroics.

Miami was strong in the paint throughout the game but UNC freshman Day’Ron Sharpe more than held his own scoring 12 points and hauling in 16 rebounds. Another freshman, Kerwin Walton, scored double figures with 13 points including a triple late in the first half to put the Heels up at the break.

It was Carolina’s best three-point shooting game of the season and that saved the Heels as they were nine of 20 for 45 percent. Adding in all shots, however, Carolina shot just 34.5 percent for the game.

Miami, led by Earl Timberlake’s 12 points, falls to 4-5 overall and 0-4 in the conference.

The Tar Heels, now 7-4 overall and 2-2 in the conference, host Clemson Saturday. The Tigers won their first game ever in Chapel Hill last season.

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