Tar Hells eliminate Mississippi State 76-74 - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS

Tar Hells eliminate Mississippi State 76-74

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Point guard Larry Drew II hit a shot over center Jarvis Varnado with 2 seconds to play to North Carolina a 76-74 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday in the second round of the NIT.

Drew, a 6-foot-2 sophomore, drove to the basket and was able to get the shot over the 6-9 Varnado, who was second in the nation this season with 4.8 blocks per game.

 North Carolina (18-16) will face either UAB or North Carolina State on Tuesday, with a trip to New York and the semifinals on the line.

Will Graves made a contested 3-pointer - his fourth of the game - with 31 seconds left to give the Tar Heels a 74-72 lead. Barry Stewart tied it for the Bulldogs (24-12) with two free throws, setting the stage for Drew's game-winner.

Mississippi State was only able to get off a halfcourt heave at the final buzzer.

Graves was 6 of 10 from the field, including 4 of 6 from beyond the arc. John Henson had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Tar Heels.

 Stewart led the Bulldogs with 18 points while Dee Bost and Varnado added 14 points each and Ravern Johnson had 13.

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