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North Carolina Tar Heels

No. 9 Tar Heels use late surge to down Kansas State, 80-70

North Carolina coach Roy Williams runs a drill in practice designed to mimic exactly what the Tar Heels faced against Kansas State, an eight-point deficit in the closing minutes.

Those practices rarely end as perfectly as the game did Tuesday night.

Justin Jackson scored 22 points and Kennedy Meeks added 15 as ninth-ranked North Carolina ripped off a 21-3 finishing run to beat the Wildcats 80-70 in the CBE Classic championship game.

Theo Pinson scored 11 and Brice Johnson had 10 points for the Tar Heels (5-1), who trailed 67-59 with just more than 4 minutes remaining before their game-ending charge.

"It was a weird game," Williams said, clearly...