Paige pushes UNC past Davidson in OT

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Updated: December 21, 2013

Chapel Hill, NC (SportsNetwork.com) – Marcus Paige scored 11 of his 17 points
in overtime, as the 14th-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels held off upset-minded
Davidson, 97-85, at the Smith Center.

J.P. Tokoto set career highs of 22 points, 11 rebounds, five steals and four
blocks for the Tar Heels (8-3), who played their first game since the
university announced it would not pursue the reinstatement of P.J. Hairston.
The junior guard, who led the team in scoring last season, sat out the first
10 games this season due to eligibility issues.

James Michael McAdoo had 19 points with a personal-best five assists as North
Carolina bounced back from Wednesday’s home loss to Texas.

Brian Sullivan paced the Wildcats (4-8) with a career-high 33 points. He
drained seven 3-pointers, but had a potential game-winning trey go off the rim
at the regulation buzzer.

Top scorer De’Mon Brooks returned to the Davidson lineup and finished with 13
points. Brooks, who missed six games with a knee injury, hit a jumper to put
the Wildcats up 78-76 with 55.7 seconds remaining in the second half.

Paige was fouled on a drive and sank two free throws to tie the game at
79-79 with 29.3 seconds to play. Davidson held for the final shot, but
Sullivan missed the deep 3-pointer.

“I think we were a little bit late in getting the screen for Brian, and Brian
had very little options there,” Davidson head coach Bob McKillop said about
the shot at the end of regulation. “He was forced to take a shot about 4-6
feet outside of what we hoped.”

North Carolina dominated the extra session, with a Paige 3-pointer extending
the lead to 88-80. Paige later made two from the foul line to push the
advantage to double digits at 94-83.

“(I’m) proud of our team’s toughness,” said North Carolina head coach Roy
Williams. “We went to the free throw line and we made some free throws down
the stretch.”

The Tar Heels ran off 10 straight points to go up 26-19 with eight-plus
minutes remaining in the first half. The lead grew to 31-22 on a Jackson
Simmons basket, but Davidson closed the gap to 38-35 at halftime.

Sullivan and Tyler Kalinoski nailed consecutive 3-pointers to give the
Wildcats an early second-half lead. A three-point play by Brooks made it 49-44
prior to the five-minute mark, but the Tar Heels took back control and grabbed
a 60-53 lead with roughly 11 minutes left.

Game Notes

McAdoo added seven boards and four steals … Jordan Barham had a double-
double of 15 points and a career-high 10 rebounds for the Wildcats … North
Carolina made 34-of-47 free throws after entering with a .596 percentage at
the foul line this season … The game featured 15 lead changes … North
Carolina improved to 62-11 all-time against Davidson, including 35-4 in Chapel
Hill.