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UNCASVILLE, Conn. – 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.