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Roach lifts Texas over No. 7 Tar Heels 92-89 at Las Vegas

Kerwin Roach II blended aggression and good decision making, just how coach Shaka Smart drew it up.

Roach scored a career-best 32 points and helped Texas hold off a late charge to beat No. 7 North Carolina 92-89 on Thursday and advance to the final of the Las Vegas Invitational.

"I just played the game the right way and didn't want to force anything," said Roach, who also had seven assists and six steals. "(My teammates) did a nice job creating shots. We have a blue-collar team. We have to fight to win. Last year when we lost a game to Duke like this, it was tears of sadness. Tonight, there are tears of happiness."

Texas (5-0) plays in the...