NCAA tournament | East Regional: Iowa State scores, time runs out on North Carolina

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Iowa State 85, North Carolina 83: DeAndre Kane did exactly as his coach instructed, driving for a layup that gave Iowa State the lead. North Carolina never got a chance to answer because coach Roy Williams’ players didn’t do what he wanted.

With Williams jumping and gesticulating for a timeout, the Tar Heels inbounded the ball to Nate Britt, who dribbled past midcourt as time expired, and Iowa State hung on to advance to the Sweet 16 yesterday with an East Regional victory in San Antonio.

The Cyclones got to celebrate twice. Once as the buzzer sounded, and a few minutes later when officials viewed replays and confirmed that Kane’s twisting shot had put Iowa State (28-7) into a regional semifinal for the first time since 2000.

“He has been our Mariano Rivera. He has been our closer all throughout this season,” Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg said of Kane.

As soon as officials explained that the game was over, Williams shook Hoiberg’s hand and sixth-seeded North Carolina (24-10) began absorbing the heartbreaker.

“Let’s not anybody lay it on the officials or anything like that. We didn’t call the timeout with 1.6 seconds to play,” said Williams, who choked back tears at the end of his 10th season in Chapel Hill.

Britt said he thought North Carolina got the timeout before the buzzer.

“When I looked up at the clock I saw one-point-something time left,” he said. “I saw staff screaming and trying to call timeout.”

Kane finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds. He said the last possession called for him to attack the basket, unless defenders swarmed him as he penetrated.

“But nobody helped, and I made an acrobatic shot and it went in,” Kane said.

Marcus Paige led North Carolina with 19 points and Kennedy Meeks had 15 points and 13 rebounds. The Tar Heels played nearly the entire game without forward Brice Johnson, who suffered a sprained ankle in the opening minutes. The Cyclones are missing forward Georges Niang, who suffered a broken foot on Friday against North Carolina Central.

Big 12 player of the year Melvin Ejam had 19 points for Iowa State.

Virginia 78, Memphis 60: Joe Harris scored 16 points, and top-seeded Virginia (30-6) shot 56 percent to beat No. 8 Memphis (24-10) in Raleigh, N.C., to earn its first trip to the Sweet 16 in nearly two decades.

The Cavaliers turned in a dominating performance while controlling the tempo. Virginia led by 15 at halftime and pushed it to 27 points late. It made a regional final in 1995, the last time it advanced that far.

Austin Nichols scored 15 points to lead the Tigers, whose season ended on the opening weekend for the fourth straight year.

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