Hansbrough leads Tar Heels to win over Duke
Chapel Hill, NC (Sports Network) – Tyler Hansbrough posted game-highs with 26
points and 17 rebounds as eighth-ranked North Carolina outdueled 14th-ranked
Duke, 86-72, at the Smith Center, giving head coach Roy Williams his 100th win
at the school.
Reyshawn Terry scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Tar Heels
(25-6, 11-5 ACC), who snapped a two-game losing streak and earned a share of
the ACC regular season title with Virginia.
Marcus Ginyard added 13 points, Ty Lawson contributed 12 and five assists, and
Brandan Wright had 10 for Carolina, who shot 50 percent (31-of-62) from the
Greg Paulus scored 21 points for the Blue Devils (22-9, 8-8), who ended the
regular season with back-to-back losses after a four-game win streak. Gerald
Henderson had 16 points and six boards, DeMarcus Nelson added 14 points and
Jon Scheyer contributed 10.
Josh McRoberts collected nine points and a team-best 10 rebounds in the loss.
Hansbrough’s hit less than a minute into the second half put the Tar Heels
back on top by 13, 42-29, then Duke clawed back within 50-48 courtesy of a
21-6 run ending on a Paulus layup with 12:51 to play.
North Carolina wrapped up the victory by extending their lead to 68-52 on an
18-4 clip, during which Duke did not score for five minutes. The Blue Devils
would not get closer than 11 points the rest of the way, and the Tar Heels
eased to the 14-point win.
The game took an ugly turn with 14.5 seconds remaining as Henderson elbowed
Hansbrough in the lane while both players tried to grab a loose ball, causing
the Carolina forward to leave the court with a severe bloody nose. Henderson
was ejected and will be suspended for one game due to a flagrant foul on the
Duke hit the first basket of the game, but UNC ripped off 12 straight points
capped by Danny Green’s jumper for a 12-2 lead 4:14 into the contest. The
advantage was extended to 11, 25-14 when Ginyard sank a long two midway
through the half.
The Blue Devils turned around and cut the deficit to 27-22 on Paulus’ three-
pointer to highlight an 8-2 surge, but North Carolina upped their lead to 13
when Lawson hit a runner with 1:04 to play. However, Nelson’s trey and
McRoberts’ one-of-two from the line brought Duke within 38-29 at the break.
North Carolina holds a 127-96 advantage in the all-time series, and swept the
regular season series for the first time in 11 years…UNC won the battle of
the boards, 38-35…Neither team shot well from beyond the arc, as Duke hit
just 7-of-23 and Carolina sank two-of nine…Paulus was 3-of-8 from three-