No. 9 Tar Heels beat Northwestern 80-69 in CBE Classic semis

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Justin Jackson had 21 points and 13 rebounds to lead a balanced effort for ninth-ranked North Carolina, which bounced back from a surprising loss over the weekend to beat Northwestern 80-69 on Monday night in the CBE Classic semifinals.

Kennedy Meeks and Joel Berry II added 12 points apiece, and Theo Pinson, Isaiah Hicks had Brice Johnson each had 10 for the Tar Heels (4-1), who tumbled from their top spot in the AP poll earlier in the day after their 71-67 loss at Northern Iowa.

North Carolina will play Kansas State for the tournament title Tuesday night.

Tre Demps led the Wildcats (3-1) with 21 points.