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North Carolina knocks off Indiana 101-86 in Sweet 16

Indiana's season ends in Philadelphia thanks to uncharacteristic 3-point shooting by North Carolina.

PHILADELPHIA --- A promising run in the 2016 NCAA Tournament ended in the Sweet 16 for Indiana.

The fifth-seeded Hoosiers fell to top-seeded North Carolina 101-86 Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, ending Indiana's season. 

Senior guard Yogi Ferrell finished with a game-high 25 points in his final game for the Hoosiers, who were making their third Sweet 16 appearance in the last five seasons. 

"Emotions are high. To lose a game in the Sweet 16, didn't get to where we wanted to get," Ferrell said. "But just reflecting back on all the four years I've had at IU, had a lot of accomplishments, and I felt I gave my all to IU. And at the end of the day I'm glad that Coach Crean took me to come to this university. I met a lot of people. Learned a lot of great things, and it's just something that I'll remember." 

North Carolina (31-6) buried Indiana (27-8) with an uncharacteristic barrage of 3-pointers, finishing 11 of 20 from 3-point range. The Tar Heels entered Friday night shooting 31.4 percent from 3-point range, 308th out of 351 Division I teams. 

Only twice before had an IU opponent managed to make at least 10 threes against the Hoosiers. Duke had 11 in Durham, North Carolina and Michigan State netted 10 in East Lansing, Michigan. 

Senior guard Marcus Paige shot slightly better than the team average prior to the game at 33 percent, but started out hot from behind the arc. He made his first four 3-pointers as North Carolina built a steady lead. 

"They're not traditionally known for knocking down all those shots," IU grad transfer forward Max Bielfeldt said. "But today they did. And sometimes you're in games like that and you just have to be able to adjust." 

"Marcus was making video game shots to start the game," IU coach Tom Crean added. "I mean seriously. He's a tremendous player."

Indiana twice made runs to cut the deficit to 10 in the second half, but it would not come closer than that. Those runs attempting to trim the deficit to single digits in the second half were largely led by Troy Williams, who scored 14 straight points for IU in the second half after having just one in the first. The junior forward finished with 21 points. 

All five North Carolina starters scored in double figures, led by Paige's 21 points on 6 of 9 shooting from 3-point range. Bielfeldt added 15 points off the bench and freshman center Thomas Bryant finished with 12, the only other Hoosiers to reach double digits in scoring. 

Fifth-year guard Nick Zeisloft started in place of sophomore guard Robert Johnson, who did not play because of a re-aggravated ankle injury he sustained against Kentucky. Zeisloft went scoreless from the field. 

With his performance Friday night, Ferrell passed former IU forward Alan Henderson for sixth on Indiana's all-time scoring list. He also joined Eric Gordon and Kirk Haston as the only IU players to score 600 points in a single season over the last 20 years. 

Indiana finished the season with its 22nd Big Ten title and 22nd Sweet 16 appearance overall. 

North Carolina will face Notre Dame in the East Regional Final on Sunday. 

"I'm proud of what they've done," Crean said. "And this loss will certainly become -- it will hit me in a bit and that film will hit me. But it's hit me every day that I've been fortunate to coach these guys." Top Stories