For the 261st time of their storied rivalry, Duke and North Carolina squared off with the eyes of school basketball locked in on Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
The colleges, separated by simply 10 miles, confronted one another as top-10 opponents for the forty ninth time as a packed crowd stuffed the Smith Heart.
The Carolina trustworthy didn’t go away disillusioned.
No. 3 North Carolina trailed for simply 53 seconds, handing No. 7 Duke its third ACC loss with a 93-84 win in Chapel Hill.
A roaring crowd cheered North Carolina to a 10-point halftime lead, and fifth-year senior Armando Bacot proved why he’ll go down as a Carolina nice.
Bacot scored 12 first-half factors and grabbed eight rebounds, whereas junior ahead Harrison Ingram went 3-6 from the 3-point line, chipping in 11 factors, six rebounds, two steals and a block.
Bacot completed his evening with 25 factors and 10 rebounds, and Ingram shot 5-9 from deep with 21 factors and 12 rebounds.
Duke turned the ball over 11 occasions, which North Carolina become 19 factors.
“The principle story for me was the free balls,” Duke head coach Jon Scheyer mentioned. “As you look all through the sport, they had been hungrier to get them. And it become – I’ll return and watch the movie and see – however I guess shut to fifteen, possibly even 20 factors. And it’s a must to give them credit score for that.
“They’ve a very good staff. They play very well collectively. Their protection is terrific. And nonetheless, we rating 84 factors. We are able to rating. Our factor was getting stops tonight. Which we simply couldn’t do.”
Scheyer was not happy along with his staff’s effort within the loss, saying he was disillusioned with the way in which his Blue Devils competed.
“I simply wasn’t proud of the way in which we competed,” Scheyer mentioned. “And that’s disappointing for me. Look, you may play very well and compete your butt off, and nonetheless lose to them. As a result of they’re a very good staff. However we didn’t compete to the extent that it’s essential to, to have an opportunity to beat this staff tonight. And that’s what I’m disillusioned about.”
Duke was unable to rally after digging itself a first-half gap.
The 2 guards had been the offense for Duke within the first half, with senior guard Jeremy Roach pulling down two of three makes an attempt from past the 3-point arc for 10 first-half factors, whereas freshman Jared McCain had 9 factors and 7 rebounds.
Sophomore Kyle Filipowski, who was seventh within the ACC in factors (17.5) per sport heading into the matchup, was largely held in examine within the first half, scoring simply six factors on 3-7 capturing from the ground.
The sophomore bought going within the second half, ending the evening with 22 factors on 9 of 17 capturing, nevertheless it was too little too late for Duke.
On Thursday, North Carolina head coach Hubert Davis highlighted the challenges Filipowski poses for a protection. The third-year head coach was happy with how his staff – particularly Bacot – dealt with the sophomore on Saturday.
“One of many issues that we all the time – at the same time as a participant – defensively, sure. He’s a handful, however it’s a must to go at him on the defensive finish,” Davis mentioned Filipowski. “And I assumed Armando did that. I assumed Armando made him play protection. And that’s one thing I believe actually helped us tonight.”
The win by Carolina snaps a two-game residence dropping streak to Duke, and the Tar Heels are actually two video games up within the loss column on the Blue Devils within the ACC.