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Paige scores 32 to lead No. 24 North Carolina to 93-84 upset win over No. 3 Louisville

  • North Carolina head coach Roy Williams reacts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Louisville in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament championship at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    North Carolina head coach Roy Williams reacts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Louisville in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament championship at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)  (The Associated Press)

  • Louisville's Russ Smith (2) goes up to shoot against North Carolina's Brice Johnson (11) and Isaiah Hicks (22) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament championship in Uncasville, Conn., Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Louisville's Russ Smith (2) goes up to shoot against North Carolina's Brice Johnson (11) and Isaiah Hicks (22) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament championship in Uncasville, Conn., Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)  (The Associated Press)

Marcus Paige scored 32 points and No. 24 North Carolina broke open a tight game in the second half to upset No. 3 Louisville 93-84 to win the Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament.

Brice Johnson added 13 points and Kennedy Meeks had 13 points, 11 rebounds and five assists for the Tar Heels (4-1), who lost just a week ago at home to Belmont.

Russ Smith led all scorers with 36 points for Louisville, which came into the game on a school-record 21-game winning streak. Chris Jones added 18 points

It was a three-point game with just over 13 minutes left when Louisville's Montrezl Harrell picked up his fourth foul. North Carolina scored the next eight points. Harrell fouled out with 7 ½ minutes left with just five points and eight rebounds.

With the sophomore star out of the game, North Carolina pushed the lead to 16 points at 83-67, outmuscling the Cardinals under the basket.