At a buzzer: Ja'Quan Newton helps Miami jolt No. 9 UNC

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Miami had usually seen a final of a 16-point lead disappear with usually a few seconds left when Ja’Quan Newton took an inbounds pass and sprinted upcourt.

Time for one some-more shot, he thought.

And what a conspicuous shot it was.

Newton strike a using 3-pointer from a few stairs opposite midcourt during a horn, lifting Miami to a 91-88 dissapoint of No. 9 North Carolina in a furious finish Tuesday night.

“I’ve done a buzzer-beater before yet not during this form of level,” Newton said. “This is one thing I’ve always dreamed about. … For me to indeed do it right now during this moment, out there opposite North Carolina, that’s something we will remember forever.”

It’s doubtful anyone in a Smith Center will forget this one anytime soon, either.

UNC’s Joel Berry II had usually strike a tough 3 of his possess with 4.1 seconds left, restraining a diversion to finish a Tar Heels’ large second-half comeback. But Newton cut opposite a line to take a inbounds pass in walk from Anthony Lawrence II, afterwards launched a shot off his left feet over Berry from over 30 feet.

The round banged in from a inside a behind rim.

“When it usually went in,” Berry said, “I couldn’t trust it.”

Within seconds, beginner Lonnie Walker IV was rebellious Newton followed by a celebratory horde in front of a dumbfounded blue-clad crowd.

“When we was guarding Joel, he came down and strike a good shot,” Newton said. “Soon as he strike a shot, we came around and we wanted a ball. … we got it. we looked during a time when we was dribbling upcourt and it pronounced 3 seconds left.

“I was usually like: ‘I’ve got to fire it.’”

Officials fast dynamic a shot came in time after looking during a replay, yet UNC manager Roy Williams was already jolt hands with Newton and a Hurricanes before a call was official.

“On a court, we always know either it’s late or either it’s early,” UNC youth Kenny Williams said. “I knew there wasn’t any indicate in them checking.”

It capped a diversion that saw Miami (21-8, 10-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) exhaust a 59-43 lead with about 16 mins left, usually to come adult with a outrageous win with a ACC Tournament usually a week away.

Chris Lykes scored 18 points to lead Miami, that shot 55 percent. Newton finished with 15 points and done 4 of 4 giveaway throws in a final 25 seconds to assistance Miami wand off UNC’s raging quip until Berry’s shot.

Berry matched his career high with 31 points for a Tar Heels (22-8, 11-6), who mislaid their final home diversion to snap a six-game winning streak.

“I unequivocally suspicion we were going to win a game,” pronounced Roy Williams, his voice enormous with tension due to it being a final home diversion for seniors Berry and Theo Pinson. “He done a big-time shot. The time ran out on us.”


Miami: The Hurricanes had won their past dual games by a total 4 points, including a quip from 14 down to kick Boston College on Walker’s 3-pointer with 2.4 seconds left Saturday. This one fit right in — and truthfully surfaced it.

UNC: The Tar Heels entered this one perplexing to tighten out a ideal February, that enclosed romantic adversary wins opposite Duke and North Carolina State as good as highway wins during Louisville and Syracuse. But they struggled for stops on a night when they shot 54 percent, and they also went usually 13 for 20 during a line — including dual to tie it in a final mins before Berry’s final basket.


Miami manager Jim Larranaga pronounced he deliberate job a timeout before a Hurricanes inbounded a round to Newton.

“I saw Ja’Quan go on a run, that we felt like that was a best possibility before they set their defense,” Larranaga said. “Anthony Lawrence is a really good inbounder and he got it to Jaquan in rhythm, in stride, so he had a lot of speed going forward.”

As Larranaga gave his postgame comments, Newton stared during a circuitously wall-mounted TV replaying his conspicuous shot.

Larranaga pronounced a final play finished adult being simply: “Ja’Quan, measure so we can win this game.”


Newton was 4 of 24 from 3-point operation (.167) this deteriorate entering a game. … Miami done 11 of 22 3-pointers while UNC done 13 of 27. … Cameron Johnson scored 20 points for a Tar Heels. … The Hurricanes had 6 players in double total and done 12 of 13 tainted shots.


Miami: The Hurricanes horde Virginia Tech in Saturday’s regular-season finale.

UNC: The Tar Heels tighten with a outing to fifth-ranked opposition Duke on Saturday night.

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