Bambale Osby dropped to the court with his hands covering his face. He knew his basket had given Maryland the lead late. He heard the horn as North Carolina's final desperation shot clanged off the rim.
Yet he still couldn't believe it.
"It didn't feel real, man," Osby said. "It was like, 'Did this really just happen?' "
The same could be said of the top-ranked - and formerly unbeaten - Tar Heels.
Osby's layup with 21 seconds left helped Maryland stun host North Carolina, 82-80, yesterday, giving the Terrapins a shocking win that will likely end the Tar Heels' run atop the polls.
James Gist finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Terrapins (12-7, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who blew an 11-point lead midway through the second half but still held on in a back-and-forth finish to win at Chapel Hill for the first time in five years.
Maryland hardly seemed the ideal candidate to stand up to North Carolina at the Smith Center. This was, after all, the same team that lost at home to Ohio and American in consecutive games in December. And the Tar Heels (18-1, 3-1) - off to their best start in two decades - had been rolling to big victories behind their crowd-pleasing and fast-paced transition attack.
But the Terrapins played tough and physical defense on Tyler Hansbrough (17 points), cutting off the All-American and making the Tar Heels work hard elsewhere for good looks in a largely halfcourt game. Maryland also showed the fortitude to bounce back after North Carolina pushed ahead by 4 in the final 2 1/2 minutes.
"I think our players really believed that if we could execute really good on offense, we had a chance to win the game," Maryland coach Gary Williams said.
Memphis 83, Southern Miss. 47 - Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 19 points and Derrick Rose added 13 to help the No. 2 Tigers stake their claim to the nations top spot with a 36-point home victory.
Douglas-Roberts, the Tigers' leading scorer with a 16.3-point average, connected on 7 of 10 shots as Memphis (17-0, 4-0 Conference USA) extended its streak of league wins to 27.
Southern Mississippi (9-9, 1-3) has dropped six of its last seven.
Kansas 76, Missouri 70 - Brandon Rush shrugged off 2-for-14 shooting with three key free throws in the final 1 minute 4 seconds to help the No. 3 Jayhawks hold off the host Tigers.
Mario Chalmers had 18 points and Darnell Jackson had 13 points and nine rebounds for the Jayhawks (18-0, 3-0 Big 12), off to their best start since a school record 22-0 in 1996-97.
Stefhon Hannah had 23 points for Missouri (11-7, 1-2), which has lost two straight since beating then-No. 12 Texas a week ago.
Southern Cal 72, UCLA 63 - At Los Angeles, freshman Davon Jefferson scored 25 points and classmate O.J. Mayo added 16 as the Trojans ended the No. 4 Bruins' nine-game winning streak.
Josh Shipp led the Bruins with 21 points and freshman Kevin Love had 18 points and 12 rebounds.
UCLA (16-2, 4-1 Pac-10) trailed early in the second half, went on a 20-7 run to take a 57-51 lead, then got outscored, 21-6, over the final 6:18.
The Trojans (11-6, 2-3) shot 61 percent from the field.
Georgetown 84, Notre Dame 65 - At Washington, Roy Hibbert had 21 points and five assists as the Hoyas (14-2, 4-1 Big East) held the Irish to 32.8 percent shooting and almost 15 points below their season average.
Luke Harangody had 13 points for Notre Dame (13-4, 3-2).
Tennessee 74, Ohio St. 69 - At Knoxville, Tenn., Tyler Smith made two free throws with 11 seconds left to secure the win for the No. 6 Volunteers (16-1) over the Buckeyes (12-6).
Duke 93, Clemson 80 - At Durham, N.C., DeMarcus Nelson scored 24 points and the No. 7 Blue Devils (15-1, 3-0 ACC) beat No. 24 Clemson (14-4, 2-2) for the 22d straight time. Kyle Singler added 17 points and keyed the game-breaking run in the second half for Duke.
Kansas St. 75, Texas A&M 54 - At Manhattan, Kan., Michael Beasley scored 21 points and Bill Walker added 19 as the Wildcats (12-4, 2-0 Big 12) surprised the No. 10 Aggies (15-3, 1-2).
Butler 78, Youngstown St. 69 - At Youngstown, Ohio, Matt Howard scored 20 points and Pete Campbell 19, including two timely 3-pointers that helped the No. 12 Bulldogs (17-2, 6-2 Horizon League) pull away from the Penguins (7-11, 3-5).
Cincinnati 62, Pittsburgh 59 - Adam Hrycaniuk had two tip-ins during a 13-point run in the second half to help the host Bearcats (9-9, 4-2) pull off their second Big East upset in eight days with a win over the No. 15 Panthers (15-3, 3-2).
Vanderbilt 92, LSU 76 - At Nashville, Alex Gordon and Shan Foster each scored 18 points and the No. 16 Commodores (17-2, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) snapped a two-game losing streak.
Wisconsin 62, Northwestern 50 - Marcus Landry scored a careerhigh 21 points and the No. 17 Badgers (15-2, 5-0 Big Ten) used a 13-2 run at the start of the second half to break open a close game at Madison, Wis.
Auburn 80, Mississippi 77 - Frank Tolbert scored 29 points and DeWayne Reed had 21, both career highs, to lead the host Tigers (11-5, 2-2 SEC) to a victory over the No. 18 Rebels (15-2, 2-2).
Texas 69, Colorado 67 - D.J. Augustin scored 25 points, A.J. Abrams sparked a second-half charge, and the No. 19 Longhorns (14-3, 1-1 Big 12) rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat the visiting Buffaloes.
Xavier 74, George Washington 66 - Drew Lavender and Josh Duncan each scored 14 points to lead No. 20 Musketeers (15-4, 3-1 Atlantic 10) over the Colonials (5-8, 1-2) at Washington.
N.C. State 79, Miami 77 - Gavin Grant stole an inbounds pass and scored with two seconds left to lift the Wolfpack (12-5, 1-2 ACC) over the No. 21 Hurricanes (14-3, 1-2).
Stanford 67, Arizona St. 52 - Brook Lopez scored every point during a 10-0 second-half run, and the host Cardinal (15-3, 4-2 Pac-10) handed the No. 22 Sun Devils (14-3, 4-1) their first conference defeat.
Villanova 81, Syracuse 71 - At Syracuse, N.Y., Scottie Reynolds scored 25 points and Corey Fisher added 15 for the No. 25 Wildcats (13-3, 3-2 Big East).
George Mason 96, James Madison 75 - At Harrisonburg, Va., Dre Smith (34 points) made 10 3-pointers without a miss to set an NCAA record in the Patriots' rout.