COWGILL: UK basketball season ends with loss to UNC

It was a great game-with not one, but two high-pressure shots in the final seconds.

Sophomore Luke Maye closed out a season-best performance with the biggest shot of his college career to date, knocking down a long two-point shot from the wing with 0.3 seconds to go.

Similar to the 1992 game between Duke and Kentucky, there was a memorable shot to set up the final shot. The four point play made it 44-39 North Carolina.

Kentucky guard Isaiah Briscoe sits in the locker room after Kentucky lost 75-73 to North Carolina in the South Regional final game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday, March 26, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn.

Over the weekend, the Wildcats were bounced from the Big Dance in the Elite Eight after an instant classic with the North Carolina Tar Heels. Yes, they got to the Final Four, but there's still work to be done.

North Carolina's nine blocks were the most by a United Kingdom opponent this season. "I didn't care what he was talking about".

They will play against Orego, which emerged from the Midwest Region with a victory against Kansas, on Saturday night in a national semifinal in Glendale, Ariz.

North Carolina took control with a 12-0 run within the final 5 minutes.

The Tar Heels and Wildcats stayed close the entire game.

The Wildcats erased a seven-point deficit with 54 seconds to play as Malik Monk tied the game at 73-73 with a 3-pointer from the top of the key with nine seconds left.

Williams said Maye's game-winner isn't redemption for the Villanova loss but noted he yelled at Paige after this win. "I needed to stop that right there".

"Theo (Pinson) just drove down court and was penetrating towards the basket and kind of picked my man a little bit" Maye said.

North Carolina Tar Heel hero Luke Maye's story is about to be exhaustively covered for the next week by pretty much any media outlet with a pulse. "It was a great feeling". Luke Maye came 2nd with 17 points on 6 of 9 shooting with a pair of triples, including the game-winning shot with just 1 second left. Berry, hobbled throughout, played through ankle pain and finished with 11 points. But the Wildcats' in-bounds pass sailed the length of the court and went out of bounds. But Kentucky (32-6) wouldn't go away easily.

Isaac Humphries and De'Aaron Fox made the All-South Region team. "I just stepped back and he gave me the ball, and I just shot it". The NCAA can only hope this Monday's championship game is as good.

North Carolina scored the first six points and led for the entire first half.

Officials didn't help the flow of this game calling fouls left and right, though Kentucky took the brunt with its star trio of freshmen all picking up two fouls each in the half.

Kentucky was a No. 2 seed for the seventh time in program history.

PJ Dozier added 17 points for the Gamecocks, Chris Silva had 13 and Kotsar 12.

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