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McAdoo, Paige help UNC hang on late to beat No. 25 Pittsburgh 75-71 for 6th straight win

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    North Carolina's James Michael McAdoo (43) battles with Pittsburgh's James Robinson (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker) (The Associated Press)

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    North Carolina's Desmond Hubert (14) struggles under the basket with Pittsburgh's Derrick Randall (11) and Jamel Artis (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker) (The Associated Press)

James Michael McAdoo had 24 points and 12 rebounds to help North Carolina beat No. 25 Pittsburgh 75-71 on Saturday for its sixth straight victory.

Marcus Paige added 18 points for the Tar Heels (17-7, 7-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who extended the season's longest winning streak three days after their rivalry game against Duke was postponed due to a winter storm. They shot 48 percent after halftime and led by 12 with about 9 minutes left, but had to fight off a late push from the Panthers (20-6, 8-5).

Pitt fought back to within three with the ball in the final 10 seconds. But Lamar Patterson missed a 3-pointer for the tie, and then Talib Zanna missed a putback attempt before Patterson fouled on the rebound with 2.8 seconds left. UNC's Brice Johnson hit his second free throw to make it a two-possession game and clinch the win.