Wesley Saunder’s three rattled out and Harvard’s upset bid fell just short. Trying to become the second giant underdog to win in Jacksonville on Thursday, the 13 seeded Crimson fought back from a 16-point second half deficient to take the lead.

Justin Jackson hit a floater in the lane and a fast-break dunk, to give the North Carolina Tar Heels a 67-65 win.

UNC (25-11) seemed to control most of the game. After starting out 21-7, the Harvard Crimson (22-8) would pull within three at 26-23. The Tar Heels would end the first half on a 10-2 run.

The second half played out in a similar way, with Harvard falling behind by 16. They cut the lead to two when Chamber’s converted a four-point play to give them a 65-63 lead. That’s when Jackson, who led the Tar Heels with 14 points, sealed the game.

 “I feel like I’ve won the lottery because Tommy Amaker (Harvard coach) did a much better job with his team than I did with mine,” said UNC coach Roy Williams. “We were extremely lucky. It’s the luckiest I’ve ever felt after a basketball game in my entire life.”

Saunders, played all 40 minutes and had 26 for the Crimson — at times the only offense they had going. The Tar Heels outscored Harvard 36-22 and owned the paint. What kept Harvard in the game was turnovers. North Carolina had 17 and was outscored 29-6 in points off turnovers.

“Can’t say enough about the effort that our kids put forth, the battle to get back in it. I thought we played with great poise and Wesley Saunders and Siyani, ” Amaker said. “these guys are the two main guys that do everything for our ballclub, carried us to put us in a position to have a chance.”

North Carolina will face the winner of Wofford vs Arkansas.