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Tar Heels' Luke Maye Is An Overnight Hero

UNC Basketball

Sophomore Luke Maye hit the winning jump shot Sunday night to send the University of North Carolina into the Final Four of the Division 1 men’s basketball tournament. But his status as an overnight hero didn’t keep him from showing up at his 8 a.m. class Monday morning.

@DavidGrzyTV yes I do pic.twitter.com/qpHIM0xJM6 — Jack Sewell (@JackSewell_) March 27, 2017

Maye’s classmates in Business 101 gave him a standing ovation.

Maye's shot with one second left gave UNC a 75 to 73 win over Kentucky in the Elite Eight game in Memphis.

"Luckily it went it went in," Maye said after the game. "It was a great feeling. Thanks to my teammates so much and to my coach for putting me in that situation. I’m just very blessed to have this opportunity."

Maye's big shot is also being celebrated in north Mecklenburg. The 6-foot 8-inch forward is from Huntersville and was an all-state player at W.A. Hough High School in Cornelius.  

Sunday's victory means UNC plays Oregon in the semifinals next Saturday, April 1.

Meanwhile, South Carolina also earned its first trip to the Final Four, with 77 to 70 upset of Florida. The Gamecocks play Gonzaga in the other semifinal Saturday.

David Boraks is a veteran journalist who covers climate change for WFAE. See more at www.wfae.org/climate-news. He also has covered housing and homelessness, energy and the environment, transportation and business.