UNC basketball holds on to beat Louisville.

Brady Manek leads the way for Tar Heels

North Carolina appears to be getting better in late-game situations after another close game with Louisville on Monday night.

This time, the Tar Heels didn’t need overtime before emerging with a 70-63 victory.

in a game that had seemingly everyone at the Dean E. Smith Center standing in the final minutes.

The game had nine ties and eight lead changes before sophomore guard Caleb Love’s layup with 37 seconds left gave the Tar Heels 

a 68-63 lead and their first two-possession lead in the game’s final three minutes.

When Carolina won 90-83 in overtime on Feb.

1 in Louisville, it scored just one basket in the final two minutes of regulation.

Leading by two points with 17 seconds left, Love had the ball stolen from behind, which led to the game-tying basket.

The Heels nearly squandered the game away before they regrouped in overtime.

Love said they’ve learned from close games like Louisville, Clemson and Saturday’s win at Virginia Tech.

“We definitely cleaned up a lot of stuff and I feel like we’re more solid in late-game situations,” Love said.

“We’re not rattled at all. Down the stretch, we’re not worried about making mistakes or anything like that.

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