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North Carolina edges Harvard in NCAA Tournament second round

Head coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina

Head coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts on the bench against the Harvard Crimson during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on March 19, 2015 in Jacksonville, Fla. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Kevin C. Cox

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Justin Jackson hit a tying jumper in the final minute, and then had a fast-break dunk to help fourth-seeded North Carolina edge Harvard 67-65 in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night.

The Tar Heels (25-11) wasted a 16-point second-half lead and briefly trailed before Jackson came to the rescue.

Siyani Chambers' four-point play put 13th-seeded Harvard ahead 65-63 with 1:15 remaining. It was the only lead of the game for the Ivy League champions.

Jackson finished with 14 points and Marcus Paige had 10.

Chambers misfired on a pair of 3-pointers in the closing seconds, and the Crimson's final chance for victory -- Wesley Saunders' shot from beyond the arc -- bounced off the back of the rim.

Saunders led Harvard (22-8) with 26 points. Chambers had 13.

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