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  NCAA: #4 North Carolina 60, #13 UT-Martin 58
UNC Comeback Stuns Skyhawks
March 23, 2014

 
By JP Mundy, Photos by Orin Day

Diamond DeShields scored 13 of her team high 15 points in the second half as #4 seed North Carolina stormed back from 18 down to defeat #13 seed Tennessee-Martin, 60-58 in NCAA 1st Round action.
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CHAPEL HILL -- Freshman Diamond DeShields scored 13 of her team-high 15 points in the second half as the North Carolina Tar Heels rallied from 18 down to survive an NCAA first round tilt with 13 seed UT-Martin Sunday afternoon.The Tar Heels closed the game on a 28-6 run over the last 10:39 to advance to Tuesday's second round matchup with 5th-seeded Michigan State. UT-Martin had roared into halftime with a 35-22 lead, playing a slower paced game instead of their normal up-tempo, attacking style of offense and defense to keep the athletic Tar Heels in check. Deshields was out of sync, scoring just two first half points after not starting due to team rules (technical foul against Duke in the ACC Tournament).

Xylina McDaniel added 14 points for the Tar Heels in the win, including a ridiculous shot while seated on the floor of Carmichael Arena during Carolina's comeback. McDaniel, Stephanie Mavunga and Danielle Butts combined for 24 of UNC's 41 rebounds on the afternoon, as Carolina won the rebounding battle by 11. Heather Butler scored 19 to lead UT-Martin, while Ashia Jones chipped in 18 to pace the Skyhawks.

The second half began auspiciously, with an extended delay due to a mechanical failure with the Carmichael Arena scoreboard. The board was lowered from the arena ceiling for repair, and quickly fixed by arena staff. Meanwhile, the campus security sirens began to signal as the scoreboard returned to it's place in the ceiling. Social media told those in attendance that there was a situation on campus involving an armed individual, prompting a campus-wide lockdown.

Most in the building were unaware of the situation on campus, which was resolved peacefully before the game reached its conclusion. However, the Carmichael PA announcer announced the campus was on lockdown during the game's final moments -- with UT-Martin down by two, 18 second left, and in a time out drawing up their final play. The announcer quickly clarified that the situation had ended, but not before drawing the ire of Skyhawks coach Kevin McMillan, who used their final timeout in an attempt to regroup.

Top Performers

  1. Heather Butler, UT Martin. 19 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists. Butler was the Skyhawks' early spark, scoring her team's first five points as Martin established early control.

  2. Ashia Jones, UT Martin.
    18 points, 8 rebounds. When the Tar Heels extended their defense to guard Butler and Jasmine Newsome, Jones cleaned up inside, more than holding her own against the Tar Heel bigs.

  3. Diamond DeShields. 15 points,4 assists, 9-9 FT. DeShields worked hard in the second half to get open and draw contact, after a frustrating first half being denied the basketball by the Skyhawks.

Game Analysis

Why North Carolina Won: North Carolina scored 20 points off 15 offensive rebounds- huge on a day when the Heels managed to shoot only 34.5 percent from the floor.

Why UT Martin Lost: They flinched. Carolina on a run is a tough entity to deal with, and they got off the mat too late to stem the tide. That said, they still had a late chance to steal the when.

The Game Turned When...: North Carolina ratcheted up the defense in the last 10 minutes. The plodding, lethargic Tar Heels became the more familiar athletic, intense Heels once they realized their season was almost over.

X-Factor: Stadium PA announcing there was a lockdown during UTM's final huddle when the 45 minute old lockdown had just ended was a very poor decision. Thankfully, the Skyhawks had another timeout they could utilize to try and regroup.

Key Stat: 20-5; Those are the second-chance points scored by each team. Once UNC got on the boards, the deficit began shrinking in a hurry.

Areas for Improvement: UNC simply can't afford any more of their characteristic slow starts this season, as the level of competition is raised dramatically Tuesday night.

Ramifications: UNC advances to play Michigan State Tuesday night, while Martin is left to ponder life without its two senior starters.

They Said It: "To be honest, I was not thinking. I was trying to go back and think about why would you even do that, but I don't know. I was just so wide open, I guess. I was just so close to the basket. I don't know, it's just one of those things that happen. I won't do it again, though." - Xylina McDaniel, on her Sportscenter-esque shot

"We needed a loose ball, we needed a layup, we needed to get on the foul line one more time, and we needed one other little thing to happen and not a scoreboard coming down, and not an emergency management system popping in, and not going to the monitor. We didn't need those but I thought overall we did just about everything that we could do in that ball game." - UT-Martin Head Coach Kevin McMillan

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Link to this Photo Just what is a Tennessee-Martin Skyhawk?  This.  - UT-M Players: Mascot Skyhawk
Just what is a Tennessee-Martin Skyhawk? This.
 
UT-M Tags: Mascot Skyhawk

Link to this Photo Mavunga gets a finger on the opening tip, and we're off!  - UNC Players: #1 Stephanie Mavunga
Mavunga gets a finger on the opening tip, and we're off!
 
UNC Tags: #1 Stephanie Mavunga

Link to this Photo Carolina's third shot was a Mavunga three point attempt. Boggle.  - UNC Players: #1 Stephanie Mavunga
Carolina's third shot was a Mavunga three point attempt. Boggle.
 
UNC Tags: #1 Stephanie Mavunga

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Link to this Photo Rejection by Jones  - UNC Players: #1 Stephanie Mavunga - UT-M Tags: #34 Ashia Jones
Rejection by Jones
 
UNC Tags: #1 Stephanie Mavunga
UT-M Tags: #34 Ashia Jones

Link to this Photo UT-Martin bench active
UT-Martin bench active
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UNC Players: #15 Allisha Gray
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UNC Tags: #15 Allisha Gray

Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UNC Players: #34 Xylina McDaniel
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Link to this Photo Close call for Digest contributor Mike Potter!  - UNC Players: #23 Diamond DeShields
Close call for Digest contributor Mike Potter!
 
UNC Tags: #23 Diamond DeShields

Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UNC Players: #34 Xylina McDaniel
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UNC Tags: #34 Xylina McDaniel

Link to this Photo Schubert was 2-4 from distance in the first half as the Skyhawks would build a double digit advantage  - UT-M Players: #20 Katie Schubert
Schubert was 2-4 from distance in the first half as the Skyhawks would build a double digit advantage
 
UT-M Tags: #20 Katie Schubert

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Link to this Photo Defensive rebound  - UT-M Players: #4 Elizabeth Massengil
Defensive rebound
 
UT-M Tags: #4 Elizabeth Massengil

Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UNC Players: #2 Latifah Coleman
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UNC Tags: #2 Latifah Coleman
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UT-M Players: Head Coach Kevin McMillan
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UT-M Tags: Head Coach Kevin McMillan

Link to this Photo Carolina was 1-10 from distance in the first half.  This was the
Carolina was 1-10 from distance in the first half. This was the "1"
 
UNC Tags: #34 Xylina McDaniel

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Link to this Photo Heather Butler led the Skyhawks with 19, 13 in the first half  - UT-M Players: #11 Heather Butler
Heather Butler led the Skyhawks with 19, 13 in the first half
 
UT-M Tags: #11 Heather Butler

Link to this Photo UT-M bench after the Butler three
UT-M bench after the Butler three

Link to this Photo Skyhawks finished the half on a 7-0 run  - UNC Players: #24 Jessica Washington
Skyhawks finished the half on a 7-0 run
 
UNC Tags: #24 Jessica Washington

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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UT-M Players: #12 Jasmine Newsome
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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UT-M Players:  UT-Martin Band
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Link to this Photo The first bizarre occurrence was a scoreboard horn problem, which delayed the second half start by about ten minutes.
The first bizarre occurrence was a scoreboard horn problem, which delayed the second half start by about ten minutes.

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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UT-M Players: #12 Jasmine Newsome
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UT-M Tags: #12 Jasmine Newsome
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UNC Players: #1 Stephanie Mavunga - UT-M Tags: #11 Heather Butler
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UNC Tags: #1 Stephanie Mavunga
UT-M Tags: #11 Heather Butler

Link to this Photo Stripped  - UNC Players: #2 Latifah Coleman, #1 Stephanie Mavunga - UT-M Tags: #34 Ashia Jones
Stripped
 
UNC Tags: #2 Latifah Coleman, #1 Stephanie Mavunga
UT-M Tags: #34 Ashia Jones
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UNC Players: #1 Stephanie Mavunga - UT-M Tags: #11 Heather Butler
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UNC Tags: #1 Stephanie Mavunga
UT-M Tags: #11 Heather Butler

Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UNC Players: #23 Diamond DeShields - UT-M Tags: #11 Heather Butler
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UNC Tags: #23 Diamond DeShields
UT-M Tags: #11 Heather Butler
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UNC Players: Assistant Coach Ivory Latta
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Link to this Photo The size disparity apparent between the two guards  - UNC Players: #23 Diamond DeShields - UT-M Tags: #11 Heather Butler
The size disparity apparent between the two guards
 
UNC Tags: #23 Diamond DeShields
UT-M Tags: #11 Heather Butler

Link to this Photo Mavunga celebrates drawing a foul  - UNC Players: #1 Stephanie Mavunga - UT-M Tags: #20 Katie Schubert, #3 Shai Warfield-Cross
Mavunga celebrates drawing a foul
 
UNC Tags: #1 Stephanie Mavunga
UT-M Tags: #20 Katie Schubert, #3 Shai Warfield-Cross

Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UNC Players: #34 Xylina McDaniel
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UNC Tags: #34 Xylina McDaniel
Link to this Photo Looking for a call from Troy Winders  - UNC Players: Assistant Coach Andrew Calder
Looking for a call from Troy Winders
 
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Link to this Photo Skyhawks on a mini-run  - UNC Players: #11 Brittany Rountree, #1 Stephanie Mavunga, #23 Diamond DeShields
Skyhawks on a mini-run
 
UNC Tags: #11 Brittany Rountree, #1 Stephanie Mavunga, #23 Diamond DeShields

Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UNC Players:  UNC Cheerleaders
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UNC Tags: UNC Cheerleaders

Link to this Photo Foul #3 on Diamond  - UNC Players: #23 Diamond DeShields - UT-M Tags: #11 Heather Butler
Foul #3 on Diamond
 
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Link to this Photo For some reason this wasn't a blocked shot, there seem to be very few scored in Chapel Hill  - UNC Players: #10 Danielle Butts - UT-M Tags: #34 Ashia Jones
For some reason this wasn't a blocked shot, there seem to be very few scored in Chapel Hill
 
UNC Tags: #10 Danielle Butts
UT-M Tags: #34 Ashia Jones

Link to this Photo UNC finally put on the press and forced a time out  - UNC Players: #10 Danielle Butts - UT-M Tags: #12 Jasmine Newsome
UNC finally put on the press and forced a time out
 
UNC Tags: #10 Danielle Butts
UT-M Tags: #12 Jasmine Newsome

Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UNC Players: #11 Brittany Rountree
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Link to this Photo After a Flagrant 1 was called on Tiara Caldwell, Diamond DeShields took two three throws on what became a 7 point Tar Heel trip.  That cut the lead from 50-35 to 50-42.  - UNC Players: #23 Diamond DeShields
After a Flagrant 1 was called on Tiara Caldwell, Diamond DeShields took two three throws on what became a 7 point Tar Heel trip. That cut the lead from 50-35 to 50-42.
 
UNC Tags: #23 Diamond DeShields

Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UNC Players: #24 Jessica Washington
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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UT-M Players:  UT-Martin Cheerleaders
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Link to this Photo Four of UT-Martin's 11 turnovers came during UNC's comeback  - UNC Players: #11 Brittany Rountree, #23 Diamond DeShields - UT-M Tags: #11 Heather Butler
Four of UT-Martin's 11 turnovers came during UNC's comeback
 
UNC Tags: #11 Brittany Rountree, #23 Diamond DeShields
UT-M Tags: #11 Heather Butler

Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UNC Players: #34 Xylina McDaniel
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UNC Tags: #34 Xylina McDaniel
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UNC Players: Assistant Coach Andrew Calder
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Link to this Photo Foul #2 on McDaniel, the two Skyhawk free throws ended a 13-0 UNC run  - UNC Players: #34 Xylina McDaniel
Foul #2 on McDaniel, the two Skyhawk free throws ended a 13-0 UNC run
 
UNC Tags: #34 Xylina McDaniel

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Link to this Photo Another high degree of difficulty hit for DeShields  - UNC Players: #23 Diamond DeShields
Another high degree of difficulty hit for DeShields
 
UNC Tags: #23 Diamond DeShields

Link to this Photo DeShields fouled again  - UNC Players: #23 Diamond DeShields
DeShields fouled again
 
UNC Tags: #23 Diamond DeShields

Link to this Photo William (aka Billy) Smith makes the call as UT-Martin fans in the background call for a travel
William (aka Billy) Smith makes the call as UT-Martin fans in the background call for a travel

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Link to this Photo DeShields pulls Carolina within one point after trailing by 18 earlier
DeShields pulls Carolina within one point after trailing by 18 earlier

Link to this Photo UT-Martin wasn't getting any good shots  - UT-M Players: #12 Jasmine Newsome
UT-Martin wasn't getting any good shots
 
UT-M Tags: #12 Jasmine Newsome

Link to this Photo Diamond spots a wide open Rountree  - UNC Players: #23 Diamond DeShields
Diamond spots a wide open Rountree
 
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Link to this Photo Rountree splashes a trey, UNC leads 54-53  - UNC Players: #11 Brittany Rountree
Rountree splashes a trey, UNC leads 54-53
 
UNC Tags: #11 Brittany Rountree
Link to this Photo Playing with three fouls, a no call  - UNC Players: #23 Diamond DeShields - UT-M Tags: #11 Heather Butler
Playing with three fouls, a no call
 
UNC Tags: #23 Diamond DeShields
UT-M Tags: #11 Heather Butler

Link to this Photo McDaniel hits from the floor, literally!  - UNC Players: #34 Xylina McDaniel - UT-M Tags: #11 Heather Butler
McDaniel hits from the floor, literally!
 
UNC Tags: #34 Xylina McDaniel
UT-M Tags: #11 Heather Butler

Link to this Photo McDaniel hits from the floor, literally!  - UNC Players: #34 Xylina McDaniel - UT-M Tags: #11 Heather Butler
McDaniel hits from the floor, literally!
 
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Link to this Photo A Butts stickback puts Carolina up five  - UNC Players: #10 Danielle Butts
A Butts stickback puts Carolina up five
 
UNC Tags: #10 Danielle Butts

Link to this Photo Foul #4  - UNC Players: #23 Diamond DeShields
Foul #4
 
UNC Tags: #23 Diamond DeShields

Link to this Photo Foul #5 on DeShields, a charge just 14 seconds after drawing her 4th.  She exits with 1:34 remaining and UNC up three.  - UNC Players: #23 Diamond DeShields - UT-M Tags: #34 Ashia Jones
Foul #5 on DeShields, a charge just 14 seconds after drawing her 4th. She exits with 1:34 remaining and UNC up three.
 
UNC Tags: #23 Diamond DeShields
UT-M Tags: #34 Ashia Jones
Link to this Photo Displeased with DeShields' fifth  - UNC Players: Assistant Coach Andrew Calder
Displeased with DeShields' fifth
 
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Link to this Photo A miss with the game tied  - UNC Players: #2 Latifah Coleman
A miss with the game tied
 
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Link to this Photo Offensive board  - UNC Players: #34 Xylina McDaniel
Offensive board
 
UNC Tags: #34 Xylina McDaniel

Link to this Photo Stickback, Heels up 60-58 with 53 seconds left  - UNC Players: #34 Xylina McDaniel
Stickback, Heels up 60-58 with 53 seconds left
 
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Link to this Photo Gray swats Butler's three point try  - UNC Players: #15 Allisha Gray - UT-M Tags: #11 Heather Butler
Gray swats Butler's three point try
 
UNC Tags: #15 Allisha Gray
UT-M Tags: #11 Heather Butler

Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UNC Players: Assistant Coach Andrew Calder, #23 Diamond DeShields
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UNC Tags: Assistant Coach Andrew Calder, #23 Diamond DeShields

Link to this Photo With 27 seconds left and a two point lead, Coleman missed a pair of free throws  - UNC Players: #2 Latifah Coleman
With 27 seconds left and a two point lead, Coleman missed a pair of free throws
 
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Link to this Photo It's over, Carolina wins it after UT-Martin misses a potential game winning three  - UNC Players: #2 Latifah Coleman, #10 Danielle Butts, #15 Allisha Gray
It's over, Carolina wins it after UT-Martin misses a potential game winning three
 
UNC Tags: #2 Latifah Coleman, #10 Danielle Butts, #15 Allisha Gray

Link to this Photo Elation  - UNC Players: #2 Latifah Coleman, #15 Allisha Gray, #1 Stephanie Mavunga
Elation
 
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Link to this Photo Relief
Relief

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Link to this Photo Heartbreak  - UT-M Players: #20 Katie Schubert, #35 Karisma Tyson
Heartbreak
 
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