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North Carolina Holds Off Notre Dame 63-61

  • North Carolina's J.P. Tokoto (13) drives to the basket as Notre Dame's Zach Auguste and Pat Connaughton, right, defend during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, March 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    North Carolina's J.P. Tokoto (13) drives to the basket as Notre Dame's Zach Auguste and Pat Connaughton, right, defend during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, March 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

  • North Carolina's J.P. Tokoto (13) drives to the basket as Notre Dame's Zach Auguste and Pat Connaughton, right, defend during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, March 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    North Carolina's J.P. Tokoto (13) drives to the basket as Notre Dame's Zach Auguste and Pat Connaughton, right, defend during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, March 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

  • North Carolina's James Michael McAdoo (43) is blocked by Notre Dame's Pat Connaughton (24) and Zach Auguste during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, March 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    North Carolina's James Michael McAdoo (43) is blocked by Notre Dame's Pat Connaughton (24) and Zach Auguste during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, March 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

  • North Carolina's James Michael McAdoo (43) is blocked by Notre Dame's Pat Connaughton (24) and Zach Auguste during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, March 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    North Carolina's James Michael McAdoo (43) is blocked by Notre Dame's Pat Connaughton (24) and Zach Auguste during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, March 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

  • North Carolina's James Michael McAdoo, left, and Notre Dame's Austin Burgett reach for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, March 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    North Carolina's James Michael McAdoo, left, and Notre Dame's Austin Burgett reach for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, March 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

  • North Carolina's James Michael McAdoo, left, and Notre Dame's Austin Burgett reach for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, March 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    North Carolina's James Michael McAdoo, left, and Notre Dame's Austin Burgett reach for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, March 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

  • North Carolina's J.P. Tokoto (13) drives to the basket as Notre Dame's Zach Auguste and Pat Connaughton, right, defend during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, March 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
  • North Carolina's J.P. Tokoto (13) drives to the basket as Notre Dame's Zach Auguste and Pat Connaughton, right, defend during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, March 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
  • North Carolina's James Michael McAdoo (43) is blocked by Notre Dame's Pat Connaughton (24) and Zach Auguste during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, March 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
  • North Carolina's James Michael McAdoo (43) is blocked by Notre Dame's Pat Connaughton (24) and Zach Auguste during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, March 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
  • North Carolina's James Michael McAdoo, left, and Notre Dame's Austin Burgett reach for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, March 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
  • North Carolina's James Michael McAdoo, left, and Notre Dame's Austin Burgett reach for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, March 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Chapel Hill, n.c. — James Michael McAdoo hit the go-ahead shot in the lane with 3:09 left and Marcus Paige blocked Eric Atkins’ driving shot on the final play to seal No. 14 North Carolina’s 63-61 victory over Notre Dame on Monday night.

McAdoo finished with 14 points to lead the Tar Heels (23-7, 13-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who blew a 14-point halftime lead and had to fight to the horn for their 12th straight win in their home finale. It is UNC’s longest winning streak since 2008-09.

It marked the second straight close win for the Tar Heels against a team in the lower third of the ACC standings, following Saturday’s 60-56 win at Virginia Tech. Still, they haven’t lost since Jan. 20 heading into Saturday’s finale at No. 4 Duke.

Atkins scored 21 points for Notre Dame (15-16, 6-12), which used a 22-5 run out of halftime to make a game of it.

Colgate 57, Navy 51

Hamilton, n.y. — Damon Sherman-Newsome scored 16 points and Ethan Jacobs added 10 with nine rebounds as seventh-seeded Colgate knocked off No. 10 Navy 57-51 in a first round Patriot League tournament matchup Monday night.

Colgate will play at No. 2 seed American in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Women’s Basketball

No. 1 UConn 68, No. 3 Louisville 48

Louisville, Ky. — Breanna Stewart had 22 points and 14 rebounds and top-ranked Connecticut blew out No. 3 Louisville 68-48 Monday night to complete an unbeaten regular season.

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 13 points and 10 boards for the Huskies (31-0, 18-0 American Athletic Conference), who outrebounded Louisville (28-3, 16-2) 47-30 and outran the Cardinals to add the inaugural league title to their collection of Big East trophies.

The defending NCAA champions also beat the Cardinals for the 14th straight time.

Like last month’s meeting in Storrs, Conn., UConn turned a small run into big momentum ending with another decisive victory.

This time, it was an 11-0 first-half spurt for a 32-22 lead that eventually grew to 22 in the second half.

The end of Louisville five-game winning streak spoiled the home finales for four seniors including guard Shoni Schimmel, who scored nine points before a school record crowd of 22,163.

Texas 65, No. 18 Oklahoma St 58

Austin, Texas — Imani McGee-Stafford scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Texas to a 65-58 win over No. 18 Oklahoma State on Monday night.

Texas (20-10, 11-7 Big 12) took the lead early in the first half with a 3-pointer from Nekia Jones that made it 11-8 and the Longhorns never trailed again, carrying a 30-21 advantage into the break and holding off the Cowgirls in the second half.

Chassidy Fussell contributed 13 points for Texas, who controlled the boards 42-30 and sank 25 of their 36 free throw attempts — a 3-to-1 scoring advantage from the penalty stripe— to avenge a Jan. 2 loss to Oklahoma State.

The win moved Texas into a third-place tie with the Cowgirls, the Longhorns’ best conference finish since the 2004-05 season.

South Florida 60, No. 24 Rutgers 51

Piscataway, n.j. — Courtney Williams scored 26 points and grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds, leading South Florida to a 60-51 win over No. 24 Rutgers on Monday, taking over sole possession of third place in the American Athletic Conference.

After Betnijah Laney’s jumper with 4:08 left in the first half pulled Rutgers within four, South Florida (18-11, 13-5) used a 15-3 run that bridged the two halves to open up a 40-24 lead with 16 minutes left.

Rutgers (21-8, 12-6) made just 9 of 26 field goals and committed nine turnovers in the first half.

The Scarlet Knights used a 14-4 run to pull within three with 1:27 remaining, but Williams hit a 3-pointer 30 seconds later to make it 57-51 before Rutgers missed its final four shots of the game.

Syessence Davis led Rutgers with 12 points. Kahleah Copper, who came in averaging a team-high 16.1 points, scored seven on 2-of-11 shooting.