UNC prevails after hectic finish, squeaks by Syracuse

Pete Nance had 21 points and Armando Bacot added 18 as visiting North Carolina nipped Syracuse 72-68 in Atlantic Coast Conference action on Tuesday.Caleb Love chipped in 15 points, including three key free throws, as the Tar Heels (15-6, 7-3 ACC) won for the sixth time in their last seven games.Joe Girard scored 18 points and Judah Mintz notched 17, but each had a key miscue in the waning seconds for the Orange (13-8, 6-4). Chris Bell pitched in 15 points, while Jesse Edwards blocked five shots.After trailing by 10 earlier in the second half, Syracuse took a 63-62 lead with 4:14 left as Mintz banked in a runner. However, Nance responded with a spinning layup and RJ Davis knocked down a jumper with 2 1/2 minutes remaining, putting North Carolina ahead 66-63.Maliq Brown’s tip-in made it a one-point game, and Girard dropped in a 3-pointer on the next possession to put the Orange in front 68-66. But Girard committed a key error with less than 20 seconds to go, saving a ball under his own basket, as Nance flipped it in to put the Tar Heels in front 69-68.Mintz was whistled for an offensive foul on the other end — a play that was ruled a Flagrant 1. Love made one of two free throws and then converted a pair at the charity stripe after another quick foul by the Orange. Girard’s missed 3-pointer on the other end sealed the outcome.