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Marcus Paige Points Heels to Victory

Coach Roy Williams called it "unbelievable," "as good of an exhibition as I've have ever seen," and "off the charts." Teammate Brice Johnson was left almost speechless. On Wednesday night against the NC State Wolfpack, Sophomore Point Guard Marcus Paige put together the best performance of his career and one of the more memorable individual games in Tar Heel basketball History. (Carolina Blue)

Another Paige in the rivalry: Tar Heels sink Wolfpack in OT

As Marcus Paige fielded questions from a pack of reporters in the North Carolina locker room, Brice Johnson was seated a few feet away, wearing a grin that looked permanently plastered on his face, in a state of marvel at what he just had witnessed. “That was amazing,” Johnson said, shaking his head and smiling. “He was on fire. That’s the greatest I’ve ever seen him play. He won it for us.” (Burlington Times News)

Talking Points: Paige & Warren create instant classic

Forget the lack of buzz heading into the game. Never mind the foul-plagued ending of the first half. Toss out the Wolfpack scoring drought and lead-cutting grind by the Tar Heels to start the second half. The performances by Marcus Paige and T.J. Warren elevated this game into instant classic territory. They worked the building into a lather by trading big plays all the way through overtime. (WRAL Sports Fan)

The Legend of Paige

When you sit down to write the Legend of Marcus Paige, you might want to start with this night. It was this night, a late-February Wednesday at N.C. State’s PNC Arena, in a game that extended into overtime, where Paige out-dueled T.J. Warren in one of the greatest back-and-forth displays in the old rivalry’s history. Paige made seven 3-pointers and tallied 35 points. Warren finished with 36 points. Both point totals were career highs. (A Separate Piece)

Storify: Carolina 85, NC State 84 (OT)

The Tar Heels leave Raleigh Wednesday night with an electric overtime win over the Wolfpack expending their winning streak to 10 games. Marcus Paige had a career high night scoring 35 points. (GoHeels.com)

Lucas: The First Time

Marcus 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 Turnovers

By 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 Turner

Marcus 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 Duel

The 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 Paige

UNC 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 standing

I'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 aftermath

It 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 & Video

Roy 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 Wolfpack

Marcus 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)

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