Jacksonville Sports Day

NCAA: Jackson’s Dunk Helps UNC Top Harvard, 67-65

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.  — Right when North Carolina appeared to be on cruise control, pesky Harvard was at it again in the NCAA Tournament.

Siyani Chambers’ four-point play had just given the Crimson their first lead with just over a minute remaining, but his next shot from beyond the arc helped put the Tar Heels ahead for good. 

Justin Jackson’s go-ahead fastbreak dunk with 23 seconds remaining lifted North Carolina to a 67-65 victory over Harvard in second-round action from the West Region Thursday night.

Chambers nailed his straightaway 3-pointer while being fouled on the arm by Marcus Paige with 1:15 on the clock. He sunk the subsequent free throw for a 65-63 Harvard edge. 

Jackson knocked down a jumper at the other end and Chambers was off the mark on a deep 3, leading to a Tar Heels fastbreak.

J.P. Tokoto secured the rebound and outletted to Paige, who hit Jackson with a bounce pass for the easy two- handed dunk and a 67-65 UNC cushion. 

Chambers then missed another trey, this time from the right wing and Kennedy Meeks was fouled going for the rebound.  He missed the front end of a 1-and-1, but Wesley Saunders’ potential go-ahead 3-pointer in the waning seconds ricocheted off the glass and clanked off the front of the rim.

The Tar Heels led by as many as 16 in the second half.

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