No. 18 Alabama hands No. 1 North Carolina 2nd loss in 4OT

PORTLAND, Ore. — Mark Sears had 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, and No. 18 Alabama sent top-ranked North Carolina to a second straight loss with a 103-101 win in a four-overtime thriller Sunday in the third-court game of the Phil Knight Invitational tournament.

Jahvon Quinerly added 21 points off the bench for the Crimson Tide (6-1) who defeated the top-ranked team for the first time since beating Stanford in the 2004 NCAA tournament.

“I lost track of how many overtimes we ended up with,” said Crimson Tide coach Nate Oats. “A lot of credit for our guys. I thought they showed a lot of character when we could have folded.”

Charles Bediako had 14 points, 16 rebounds and 3 blocks while Brandon Miller also had 14 points.

Caleb Love led the Tar Heels (5-2) with 34 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Armando Bacot contributed 20 points and 10 rebounds, and RJ Davis had 19 points and nine rebounds in the second four-overtime game in North Carolina history. The other was a win over Tulane in 1976.

“At the end of the day, Alabama played one more game than we did,” said North Carolina coach Hubert Davis. “I went into the dressing room and some of the guys kept their heads down and I told them to look up. I’m just as disappointed [as the players] in terms of the bottom line, but I couldn’t be prouder of the way they competed.”

Bediako put the Crimson Tide ahead with a layup with 26 seconds remaining in fourth overtime.

The Tar Heels, who lost to Iowa State in the semifinals, led by as many as eight points in the second half before Alabama came back to level. The Crimson Tide took the lead with two free throws from Gurley with 2 minutes left and later leveled the game with another free throw from Sears with 51 seconds left.

Alabama forward Noah Clowney fell badly trying to dunk four minutes into the first half and had to be carried off the field. He didn’t come back.

The Crimson Tide were 16-to-38 (42.1%) from 3-point range, with Sears making a seven.


North Carolina: Tar heel count drops sharply in top 25 poll.

Alabama: The Crimson Tide recovered well after their loss to No. 20 UConn in the semifinals.


North Carolina: The Tar Heels travel to Bloomington on Wednesday to take on No. 11 Indiana.

Alabama: The Crimson Tide returns home Saturday and takes on the state of South Dakota. No. 18 Alabama hands No. 1 North Carolina 2nd loss in 4OT

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