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  • North Carolina's Kenny Williams and Indiana's Thomas Bryant, right, reach for a ball as Indiana's James Blackmon Jr. (1) watches during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Bloomington, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

  • North Carolina's Joel Berry II (2) goes to the basket against Indiana's Josh Newkirk (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Bloomington, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

  • Indiana coach Tom Crean, right, talks to Devonte Green during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against the North Carolina on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Bloomington, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

  • Indiana's Thomas Bryant (31) reacts after a North Carolina turnover during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Bloomington, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

  • Indiana's Thomas Bryant (31) grabs a rebound from North Carolina's Seventh Woods (21) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Bloomington, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

  • North Carolina's Isaiah Hicks (4) shoots as Indiana's OG Anunoby (3) and Josh Newkirk defend during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Bloomington, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

  • North Carolina's Justin Jackson shoots during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against the Indiana on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Bloomington, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
December 01, 2016 12:10 AM

No. 13 Hoosiers hold on to upset No. 3 North Carolina

Chris Goff | The Journal Gazette

BLOOMINGTON – When Indiana’s offense went cold, its defense cranked up the heat on third-ranked North Carolina.

After racing to a big lead, the No. 13 Hoosiers held on for a 76-67 win Wednesday night as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Indiana’s defense held the previously undefeated No. 3 Tar Heels (7-1) to 39 percent shooting and well below the 92.9 points they were averaging.

Indiana (5-1) now has a second marquee victory go along with its 103-99 overtime triumph over No. 3 Kansas.

After the buzzer, Hoosiers coach Tom Crean walked to the student section and said, “You all did a great job.”

The noise and atmosphere was aided by the presence of Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber and the Hoosiers’ 1980-81 team that won the national title.

When James Blackmon Jr. – cleared to play on his injured left knee – drained a 3-pointer from the right wing, Indiana’s lead reached 26-9 nearing 11 minutes left in the first half.

Down 41-29 at halftime, North Carolina crept close. Joel Berry II (eight points, eight assists) drove for a bank shot that cut the lead to 61-57 with 4:52 to play, and Justin Jackson (game-high 21 points and eight rebounds) brought the visitors within 65-60 on his fourth 3-pointer of the night.

Big men Kennedy Meeks (10 points, eight rebounds) and Isaiah Hicks (seven points and six boards) were unable to impose their will on an Indiana team that started a small lineup.

Josh Newkirk had 10 for Indiana, which shot 48 percent but had to survive 16 turnovers. Blackmon had 14 points and nine rebounds, forward OG Anunoby had 16 points and five rebounds before exiting late with an injury, Robert Johnson added 11 points and six rebounds, and Thomas Bryant added 12 points and seven boards.

cgoff@jg.net