by Ray Floriani
LYNDHURST, NJ - It wasn't decided until the final possession but North Carolina advanced to the Newark Regional. A last second Washington shot was short and the Tar Heels held on for an 86-83 victory. The numbers:
* In a fast paced affair both clubs shot over 50% eFG percentage (Wash. 53, UNC 52) and had turnover rates under 20%. The Tar Heels, an outstanding 12% while the Pac-10 Huskies checked in at 18%. A big disparity was the free throw line. Washington had seven attempts, making all of them to UNC's 23 (18 converted). A closer look shows 26% of the Huskies field goal attempts were beyond the arc. Carolina, on the other hand, took 18% of their shots from deep. Getting to the line is difficult when a good fourth of your shots are long range. North Carolina spread the wealth with five double digit scorers, led by Tyler Zeller's 23 points. For Washington, 6-6 freshman Terrence Ross, a 7.7 scorer on the year, sparkled in relief with 19 points (3 of 5 from three) 6 rebounds in 24 minutes.