Lucas: The First TimeMarcus Paige found time to hit the game-winner, a length of the court dash that immediately goes right beside Ed Cota's baseline floater in 1997 and Dudley Bradley's steal and dunk in 1979 among Wolfpack soul-crushers in Raleigh. It must have been especially infuriating for the Wolfpack fan who had to deal with the loss without his can of dip, which he had hurled at the Tar Heels during pregame warmups. (GoHeels.com)
Turning Off the TurnoversBy erasing their mistakes, the Tar Heels were able to score on 20 of their final 31 possessions of the second half, while averaging a staggering 1.45 points per possession. That mark increases to 1.48 points per possession when including overtime. “Getting better shots helped,” sophomore guard Marcus Paige said of the turnover turnaround. (Inside Carolina)
Paige TurnerMarcus Paige’s driving lay-up with 0.9 seconds left in overtime lifted the 19th-ranked Tar Heels to an 85-84 win over the Wolfpack Wednesday at PNC Arena, silencing a hostile crowd and capping one of the most memorable back-and-forth displays between two players in the history of the rivalry. Paige finished with 35 points, including 21 in the second half and 10 in overtime. (Durham Herald-Sun)
Paige Strikes Last in Epic DuelThe play is called “Go” and it’s designed to be run if there are more than seven seconds left on the clock. Marcus Paige had 7.7 seconds to work with, but he only needed 6.8 seconds to complete one of the top individual performances in school history. Paige scored 31 points on 9-of-15 shooting, including a 7-of-10 effort from 3-point range, after halftime. (Inside Carolina)
Carolina's Most Valuable PaigeUNC guard Marcus Paige gets lost behind the likes of Duke’s Jabari Parker or Syracuse's Tyler Ennis when it comes to ACC Player of the Year discussions. The Tar Heels, however, know who their Most Valuable Player is. Paige scored a career-high 35 points including the game-winning layup with 0.9 seconds left to lift Carolina to an 85-84 overtime win. (ESPN.com)
Last man standingI'm shaking. Seriously, in the event of an enormous number of typographical errors please blame the adrenaline coursing through my veins thanks to the, just-completed T.J. Warren-Marcus Paige scoring bonanza. It was a magnificent duel. I may never wash my eyes again. (WRAL Sports Fan)
The North Carolina-N.C. State aftermathIt was a tough loss for N.C. State, devastating in many ways. North Carolina won its 10th straight game. Those of us who watched the game were treated to something pretty special. Marcus Paige and T.J. Warren put on an absolute show and combined for 71 points. Here are some of my final thoughts from the game. (Greensboro News & Record)
UNC-NC State: Roy Williams Postgame Quotes & VideoRoy Williams opening comments: "It was an unbelievable basketball game. I felt like we had the game won and made one of the silliest fouls I’ve ever seen in my entire life. Then all of a sudden they have a six point lead and everybody’s thinking we’d given it away and then all of sudden Marcus (Paige) made a heck of a drive and we stole one." (Inside Carolina)
Paige's late basket lifts Tar Heels past WolfpackMarcus Paige ruined N.C. State’s upset bid, scoring 10 of UNC’s 14 overtime points including the final basket as the 19th-ranked Tar Heels stretched their winning streak to 10 games with an 85-84 victory at PNC Arena. “I think my teammates and I both knew that the way the game was going, the ball needed to be in my hands,” Paige said. “Once I saw the window, the rest is history.” (Rocky Mount Telegram)
Recap & Analysis: UNC 85, NC State 84 (OT)Where were you the day Marcus Paige became a Tar Heel legend? There was never any doubt Paige would take the last shot. The only thing Paige was missing this season was a game winner. He has that now and a serious case not only for All-ACC First Team but ACC Player of the Year. For the game Paige had a career high 35 points, 11-12 from the floor, 7-12 from three, six rebounds, five assists. (Tar Heel Blog)
Marcus Paige’s huge night pushes UNC to win over NC StateNC State Coach Mark Gottfried's team had one of its last best chances to fill the most glaring void on its season resume Wednesday night. But as it has so many times in the past, State couldn't finish the job. Tuesday's 85-84 overtime loss to UNC was even more painful than that near-miss at the Carrier Dome because this time, it was the hated Tar Heels that ripped State's heart out. (Wilmington Star News)
Video: Marcus Paige Post-Halftime Scoring vs. N.C. StateMarcus Paige scored 31 of his career high 35 points after halftime including hitting 7 three-pointers and the game-winning layup with less than a second left on the clock in UNC's 85-84 overtime win vs NC State in Raleigh.
Video: Marcus Paige's Game Winning Layup vs. N.C. StateMarcus Paige drives the lane for the 85-84 game-winning layup with .9 seconds remaining in overtime against N.C. State in Raleigh on Wednesday.
Animated GIF: Marcus Paige's Game-Winner vs NC StateMarcus Paige scores the last of his career-high 35 points against NC State with .9 seconds remaining in overtime to clinch the win.
No. 19 North Carolina edges NC State 85-84 in OTMarcus Paige hit a driving basket with 0.9 seconds left to cap a career night and help No. 19 North Carolina beat North Carolina State 85-84 in overtime on Wednesday. Paige finished with 35 points -- 31 after halftime -- and seven 3-pointers for the Tar Heels (21-7, 11-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won the 10th straight. (ESPN.com)
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