Rivers scored a season-high 29 points and hit six 3s, though the last will certainly live on in the lore of the fierce rivalry.
With the Blue Devils (20-4, 7-2) trailing by two, Rivers launched a 3 over 7-footer Tyler Zeller from the right wing. The ball swished through the net, sending Rivers running down the court in celebration while the rest of his teammates gave chase before mobbing him in front of a stunned North Carolina crowd.
Rivers’ 3 capped a wild rally for the Blue Devils, who trailed by 10 points with about 2½ minutes left.
Harrison Barnes scored 25 points for the Tar Heels (20-4, 7-2), while Zeller finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds. But Zeller missed a free throw with 13.9 seconds left, setting up Rivers’ winning shot.
NO. 7 KANSAS 68, NO. 6 BAYLOR 54
In Waco, Texas, Jeff Withey scored a career-high 25 points and Kansas went ahead to stay during a stretch without Thomas Robinson as the Jayhawks had another convincing victory over Baylor.
After a 14-3 run over the final 4½ minutes of the first half with Robinson on the bench, Kansas (19-5, 9-2 Big 12) scored 14 consecutive points early in the second half to take complete control of the game.
Baylor (21-3, 8-3) was 17-0 before a 92-74 loss at Kansas on Jan. 16.
NO. 2 SYRACUSE 64, NO. 12 GEORGETOWN 61 (OT)
In Syrcause, N.Y., Kris Joseph scored a career-high 29 points, hitting a go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minute of overtime, and Syracuse (24-1, 11-1 Big East) beat Georgetown (18-5, 8-4) to give coach Jim Boeheim his 880th career win.
Boeheim took sole possession of third place all-time in Division I, one more than North Carolina’s Dean Smith.
The win helped Syracuse remain unbeaten at home at 16-0.
NO. 11 MICHIGAN STATE 77, PENN STATE 57
In East Lansing, Mich., Draymond Green had 23 points and 12 rebounds and made some timely shots to help Michigan State (19-5, 8-3 Big Ten) pull away from Penn State (10-15, 2-10) and pull within a game of conference-leading and third-ranked Ohio State.
BOSTON COLLEGE 64, NO. 15 FLORIDA STATE 60
In Boston, Jordan Daniels scored a career-high 19 points to lead Boston College (8-16, 3-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) over Florida State (16-7, 7-2) and snap the league-leading Seminoles’ win streak at seven games.
NO. 19 VIRGINIA 68, WAKE FOREST 44
In Charlottesville, Va., Mike Scott made all nine of his shots and scored 19 points to lead 19 Virginia (19-4, 6-3 Atlantic Coast) over Wake Forest (11-13, 2-8).
NO. 22 MICHIGAN 62, NEBRASKA 46
In Lincoln, Neb., Zack Novak scored 14 points to go over 1,000 for his career as Michigan defeated Nebraska.
The Wolverines (18-7, 8-4) outscored Nebraska (11-12, 3-9) 15-4 to start the second half and went on to only their second win in six Big Ten road games.
GEORGIA 81, ARKANSAS 59
In Athens, Ga., Gerald Robinson scored a career-high 27 points and Georgia ended a four-game losing streak to keep Arkansas winless on the road.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 18 points as Georgia (11-12, 2-7 Southeastern Conference) won its first game since beating Tennessee in overtime on Jan. 18. Arkansas (16-8, 4-5) fell to 0-7 on the road.
TENNESSEE 69, SOUTH CAROLINA 57
In Knoxville, Tenn., Skylar McBee scored a career-high 18 points to lead Tennessee.
McBee hit 4 of 7 from 3-point range and sank all six of his free-throw attempts.
Tennessee (12-12, 4-5 SEC) outshot South Carolina (9-14, 1-8) 50 percent to 33.9 percent.