That advantage disappeared did the second half. UNC’s shooting woes didn’t however.
The Heels shot 32.1 percent in the final 20 minutes, and 28.6 percent overall. P.J. Hairston and Reggie Bullock, both of whom had been so reliable of late for the Tar Heels, struggled to find open shots and didn’t make them when they did.
Hairston led UNC with 15 points, but made just six of his 17 attempts, while Bullock had just five points on 1-for-7 shooting. Overall, UNC made six of its 21 3-point attempts.
While the Heels struggled to shoot well from the perimeter, James Michael McAdoo, the sophomore forward, had equal difficulty closer to the basket. McAdoo, who finished with 11 points, made just five of his 19 attempts from the field.
Kansas needed 20 minutes to score 21 points during the first half, but the Jayhawks surpassed that total during the first eight minutes of the second half. They led by 14 before Hairston cut Kansas’ lead to 10 with a 3-pointer with a little less than six minutes to play.
On the other end, though, Naadir Tharpe answered with a 3, his third of the half, to push Kansas’ lead back to 13. Kansas led by as many as 15 before Hairston made another 3 with two minutes and 31 seconds left to cut Kansas’ lead to 11 points, but the Heels came no closer and for the second consecutive season their season ended in Missouri against Kansas.