North Carolina sophomore Luke Maye was the hero.
In a crazy sequence that saw Kentucky tie the game with under 10 seconds to go, Maye’s clutch 2-point make put the Tar Heels ahead for good and sent them to the Final Four of the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
Watch a video of the crazy turn of events in the video above.
Maye finished the game with a career-high 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field (67 percent). He was 2-of-3 from 3-point range and converted on all three of his free throws. He added three rebounds and two assists in the win.
It’s UNC’s 20th time time reaching the Final Four in program history — and the third straight season.
Coming into the game, Maye was averaging 5.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. But his best play has undoubtedly come in the tournament.
In Friday’s 92-80 win against Butler in the Elite Eight, Maye came through again with a career night. He scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the triumph.
In UNC’s four tournament games, Maye’s averaging 12.5 points and 6.7 rebounds.
Maye, a North Carolina native, is listed at 6-foot-8 and attended William A. Hough High School prior to college. As a senior in high school, he averaged 20.7 points, 15.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists.
His father, Mark, also played sports at UNC. He was the Tar Heels’ quarterback from 1984-87 and led all quarterbacks in the ACC with 1,401 passing yards in 1986.
South Carolina coach Frank Martin has his team in the NCAA Tournament’s Final Four for the first time ever. He will be joined by his wife of 11 years, Anya.