Coleman III’s 18-footer gives Texas the 2020 Maui Invitational Championship over UNC

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The No. 17 Texas Longhorns escaped with a win over No. 14 North Carolina Tar Heels in the Championship game of the Camping World Maui Invitational. The Longhorns won 69-67 over the Tar Heels at the Harrah’s Cherokee Center in Asheville, North Carolina.

This is the Longhorns first Maui Invitational Championship. The Longhorns are the first Champions of the event since the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, who also won the tournament for the first-time in 2017.

Texas Longhorns celebrates with a 2020 Maui Invitational Championship banner after defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels in the Camping World Maui Invitational in the 2020 Championship game
Texas Longhorns celebrates with a 2020 Maui Invitational Championship banner after defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels in the Camping World Maui Invitational in the 2020 Championship game (Photo by the Texas Longhorns/Instagram)

Normally, this event would be held in Honolulu, Hawai’i. However, due to the coronavirus, the event was moved from the Islands to North Carolina.

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With the win, the Longhorns won 4-0. The loss dropped the Tar Heels to 3-1.

The legendary North Carolina basketball team has fallen to 3-9 against the Longhorns, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information. It’s the Tar Heels worst record against any opponent they have played at least 10 times.

In addition, Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams fell to 1-8 against the Longhorns. That’s his worst record vs. any team since he was hired by North Carolina. Before being hired by North Carolina, he was 6-1 against Texas at Kansas.

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Matt Coleman III scored the game-winning 18-foot jumper with three seconds left in the game. Coleman scored 22 points in the contest.

He also had three assists and one steal.

Coleman III was one of four players, who scored in double-figures. Three of the players were starters, as Courtney Ramey had 13 and Greg Brown contributed 10.

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Kai Jones led the bench with 12 points. The Longhorns had 19 bench points.

Garrison Brooks led the Tar Heels with 18 points. He also had seven rebounds and two blocks.

Brooks was one of three players, who scored in double digits for the Baby blue. R.J. Davis added 11, while Armando Bacot scored 10.

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North Carolina had 15 bench points. Day’Ron Sharpe led the bench with 8 points.

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