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Iowa gets signature win at #12 North Carolina

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Mike Gesell hit a driving layup through contact for the go-ahead three-point play with 1:16 left, helping Iowa upset No. 12 North Carolina 60-55 on Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Gesell finished with 16 points for the Hawkeyes (6-2), who outfought the Tar Heels (5-2) on a night when both teams struggled to shoot straight.

Gesell's basket was the team's first after a 4-minute drought, but it ended up providing the winning margin on a night when the Hawkeyes won despite shooting 33 percent and going 3-for-20 from 3-point range.

Former Linn-Mar star and UNC's All-American guard Marcus Paige finished with 13 points, but he missed a 3-pointer for the tie.

Gesell hit two free throws with 1 second left to seal the win.

It was the Hawkeyes' biggest non-conference victory during the Fran McCaffery era.
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