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Friars fall short in fight to the finish

March 21, 2014

North Carolina’s James Michael McAdoo, left, and Providence’s LaDontae Henton, right, battle for a loose ball during the first half of a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Friday in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

SAN ANTONIO – In the end, the 20th and 21st offensive rebounds that the Providence Friars surrendered proved to be their undoing.

Two free throws by James Michael McAdoo in the final 3.5 seconds helped snap a 77-77 affair and propel North Carolina to a 79-77 victory over a heartbroken bunch of Friars Friday night in the Eastern Regional portion of the NCAA Tournament.

Bryce Cotton’s final game in a Providence uniform was the stuff of legends, the senior netting a career-high 36 points while doling out eight assists.

For full story, see Saturday's print edition of The Times.

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