CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Pete Chilcutt's dunk with 1 minute, 2 seconds seconds remaining capped a second-half rally that led No. 9 North Carolina (5-1) to an 84-81 victory last night over previously unbeaten and 18th-ranked Kentucky (4-1).
Both teams came into the game with 1,483 victories, tied for the most in college basketball history. Kentucky blew a 12-point lead built on three-point shooting and watched the Tar Heels whittle away at the gap.
Rick Fox's three-pointer with 1:24 remaining came after Sean Woods missed on a drive and North Carolina trailed, 81-80.
Reggie Hanson missed a short shot in the lane, and in the scramble for the ball, Fox retrieved it near the sideline and saved it to George Lynch, who passed to the wide-open Chilcutt for the dunk.
Kentucky missed a chance to regain the lead and North Carolina ran down the clock with its four corners offense. King Rice was fouled with one second left and he made both free throws to clinch the victory.
Chilcutt, Fox and Rice -- the three seniors on a team whose freshman class has been highly touted -- scored 14 points apiece for North Carolina. George Lynch and Hubert Davis scored 13 points each for the Tar Heels.
Kentucky overcame early cold shooting and 10 turnovers with three-point binge near the end of the half. John Pelphrey's three-pointer with 4:34 left gave Kentucky a 30-28 lead. Richie Farmer made three more three-pointers and, with two free throws by Pelphrey, led the Wildcats to a 41-33 lead with 53 seconds remaining.
North Carolina had the worst of a turnover-plagued first half, and compounded its problems with poor shooting in the closing minutes of the period.