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Paige pushes UNC past Richmond

Uncasville, CT (SportsNetwork.com) - Marcus Paige made six 3-pointers en route to 26 points as the 24th-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels held off the Richmond Spiders, 82-72, in the semifinals of the Hall Of Fame Tip-off.

Brice Johnson added 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Tar Heels (3-1), who will take on either Fairfield or defending national champion Louisville in Sunday's championship game.

North Carolina bounced back from a loss to Belmont last Sunday.

Cedrick Lindsay ended with 29 points for the Spiders (3-2), who got 13 points from Kendall Anthony.

Trailing 17-8, North Carolina went on a 9-0 run to tie the game. Paige made a 3-pointer during the spurt that Johnson capped with a jumper.

The Tar Heels scored the final six points of the first half to take a 36-33 lead.

The margin reached seven, 47-40, on Paige's 3-pointer with 15:43 to play.

But the Spiders failed to go away and a quick 6-0 spurt tied the contest at 51.

Holding a 66-62 lead with about four minutes remaining, North Carolina went on an 8-0 run to create some distance. Paige made a shot from beyond the arc during the flurry that Jackson Simmons capped with two free throws for a 74-62 edge.

Richmond never got closer than seven the rest of the way.

Game Notes

North Carolina leads the all-time series by a 15-2 margin ... The Tar Heels went 26-of-37 from the foul line, while Richmond went 21-of-29 from the charity stripe ... The Spiders turned the ball over 17 times.

11/23 15:18:03 ET