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Second-half run sends Kansas past North Carolina

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  • Kansas guard Travis Releford listens to the crowd during the final moments of the second half of a third-round game against North Carolina in the NCAA college basketball tournament at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, March 24, 2013. Kansas defeated North Carolina 70-58.

      Kansas guard Travis Releford listens to the crowd during the final moments of the second half of a third-round game against North Carolina in the NCAA college basketball tournament at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, March 24, 2013. Kansas defeated North Carolina 70-58.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas got the best of ol' Roy and his Tar Heels once again.

Behind the impassioned play of Travis Releford and Jeff Withey, the top-seeded Jayhawks shook themselves out of a first-half slumber and blitzed No. 8 seed North Carolina down the stretch for a 70-58 victory Sunday in the third round of the NCAA tournament.

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Withey had 16 points and 16 rebounds, and Releford finished with 22 points for the Jayhawks (31-5), who also knocked former coach Roy Williams' team out of the NCAA tournament during their 2008 title run and again last season, when Kansas marched all the way to the Final Four.

It'll keep marching this year -- at least to the Sweet 16 -- thanks to a superb second half.

P.J. Hairston scored 15 points and James Michael McAdoo finished with 11 for the Tar Heels (25-11).

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