The psychology of their comeback -- from down 10 to his double-clutch 3-pointer to tie the game -- had momentum on the Tar Heels' side.
"We were 4.7 seconds away from winning the game because I told the team, all we had to do was get to overtime and the game would be ours," Paige said. "And I truly believe that, I think our whole team believes that."
"It's 4.7 -- you have a mental clock in your head, you kind of know you get caught watching the ball instead of defending til the end," Paige said.
Paige said he had a bad feeling when Jenkins got the ball because it was a pretty open look and he led the Wildcats in made 3s this season.
"So he got it off and all you can do is pray when the ball is in the air," Paige said. "I felt like it was in the air forever. The fireworks go off right there and that moment you've been fighting for, clawing for, hoping every day for, dreaming about, just goes away that fast. It's hard to describe."
Paige scored 15 of his game-high 21 points in the final 8:51, including eight points in the final 93 seconds. His 3-pointer that tied the game 74-74 could have been his shining moment had the Tar Heels forced overtime and won.
"I thought that was it," Paige said. "Maybe that was my bad for not taking that 4.7 seriously, but he hit a shot that's going to be on every 'One Shining Moment' video for as long as they do that."