By Sean Highkin, Associated Press
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Mark Sears had 24 points, five rebounds and five assists, and No. 18 Alabama sent top-ranked North Carolina to a second straight loss with a 103-101 victory in a quadruple-overtime thriller on Sunday in the third-place game of the Phil Knight Invitational tournament.
Jahvon Quinerly added 21 points off the bench for the Crimson Tide (6-1), while Charles Bediako had 14 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks. Brandon Miller also scored 14 points.
Caleb Love led the Tar Heels (5-2) with 34 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals. Armando Bacot contributed 20 points and 10 rebounds, and RJ Davis had 19 points and nine rebounds.
Bediako gave the Crimson Tide the lead for good on a layup with 26 seconds remaining in the fourth overtime.
The Tar Heels, who lost to Iowa State in the semifinals, led by as much as eight in the second half before Alabama came back to tie it. The Crimson Tide retook the lead on a pair of free throws from Gurley with 2 minutes remaining, and later tied with another free throw from Sears with 51 seconds remaining in regulation.
Alabama starting forward Noah Clowney took a hard fall on a dunk attempt four minutes into the first half and had to be helped off the court. He did not return.
The Crimson Tide were 16 for 38 (42.1%) from 3-point range, with Sears making seven.
North Carolina: The Tar Heels figure to take a deep drop in the Top 25 poll.
Alabama: The Crimson Tide bounced back nicely following their loss to No. 20 UConn in the semifinals.
North Carolina: The Tar Heels travel to Bloomington to face No. 11 Indiana on Wednesday.
Alabama: The Crimson Tide return home to face South Dakota State on Saturday.
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