Freshman ruins Duke Senior Night
Durham, NC (Sports Network) – Tyler Hansbrough scored 27 points and hit some
big shots down the stretch as 13th-ranked North Carolina spoiled Duke’s Senior
Night with an 83-76 win over the top-ranked Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor
Marcus Ginyard added 12 points for the Tar Heels (21-6, 12-4 ACC), who have
won seven straight and 10 of their last 11 to carry some momentum into the
upcoming conference tournament.
“Tyler was something in the second half,” North Carolina head coach Roy
Williams said. “We talked about trying to drive the ball to the basket and try
to get good spacing and I think we did a much better job of that in the second
half. We tried to stay fresh on J.J. but he got some good looks and just
Reyshawn Terry added nine points and eight boards in North Carolina’s first
win on a Duke Senior Night since March of 1996. The Tar Heels now lead the
historic rivalry 125-96 and avenged their 87-83 home loss to Duke on February
J.J. Redick struggled mightily for the Blue Devils (27-3, 14-2), finishing
with 18 points on just 5-of-21 shooting from the floor and 6-of-6 from the
free throw line.
“You obviously know you’re going to lose some games at some point,” Redick
said. “It’s obviously really frustrating to be on a two-game losing streak.
Carolina played a great game. In the big scheme of things, this game doesnt
really mean a whole lot as far as ACC [Tournament] seeding, but it means
something to us and it meant something to them, so we’re obviously
Shelden Williams netted 18 points with 15 rebounds as Duke lost its second
straight game overall, both conference games. Demarcus Nelson added 17 points
for the Blue Devils, who had already secured the top-seed in the upcoming ACC
The turning point of the game came midway through the second half.
After the teams battled closely through the beginning of the frame, the Tar
Heels, with the score tied at 59-59, used an 11-0 run sparked by Terry’s
jumper with 9:17 left to assume a 70-59 advantage. Terry also capped the spurt
with a free throw with 5:44 remaining.
Redick finally stopped the bleeding with a set of free throws with just over
five minutes remaining. Duke then closed within eight, 72-64, after a
Williams’ jumper with 3:51 left.
Hansbrough, though, countered with a huge three-pointer to re-up the Tar Heels
by 11 with 3:18 remaining.
Duke refused to go away and later used a three-pointer from Nelson, a layup
from Lee Melchionni and another trey from Nelson to get within 77-74 with 1:41
Duke came up with a steal on the other end, but Sean Dockery missed a layup
with 46 seconds remaining. The Tar Heels brought the ball up the floor and ran
time off the clock before Bobby Frasor was fouled. He hit both from the line
to make it 79-74 with 23.3 ticks left.
Williams answered immediately with a dunk, but the Tar Heels were able to run
more time off the clock and Hansbrough sank two from the charity stripe with
10.7 seconds remaining to ice the contest.
Duke controlled the tempo early, opening the game on a 13-2 run. Redick netted
six straight points during the middle of the spurt and later capped it with a
three-pointer 3:24 into the contest.
The Tar Heels finally responded, netting the next seven points to get within
13-9 after Quentin Thomas’ jumper at 12:58 of the first half.
Duke again built up a lead, extending to an 18-10 advantage after Melchionni’s
three-pointer with 9:50 remaining. However, North Carolina responded and made
it a 20-17 deficit after a three-point conversion from Terry.
Thomas’ layup with 5:52 left in the first gave the Tar Heels their first lead
at 23-22 and the two schools battled closely throughout the rest of the half.
The Blue Devils eventually carried a 38-37 lead into the locker room.
Duke lost to Florida State, 79-74, last week in its first conference
loss…The Blue Devils had won 10 straight before their two straight
losses…Duke has still won 16 of the last 20 meetings against the Tar
Heels…The Tar Heels won for just the second time in their last 10 games on
Duke’s home floor…Duke shot 41.4 percent from the floor, while North
Carolina connected on 44.1 percent of its shots.