Jabari Parker led Duke to a win over North Carolina on Saturday.Freshman Jabari Parker scored a career-high 30 points and added 11 rebounds to lead No. 4 Duke past No. 14 North Carolina, 93-81.
It’s the most points ever scored by a Duke freshman against North Carolina and he’s just the second freshman to ever score 30 in the Duke-UNC rivalry. North Carolina’s Walter Davis scored 31 against Duke back in 1974.
30 Pts and 10 Reb In Duke-UNC Game
Past 50 Seasons
He’s only the fourth Duke freshman to score 30 points in a game against any opponent, joining Kyrie Irving, J.J. Redick and Johnny Dawkins.
It’s Parker’s 16th 20-point game this season, tied with Stephon Marbury and trailing only Kenny Anderson for the most 20-point games by a freshman in ACC history.
And it’s his sixth consecutive double-double; he had eight double-doubles in his first 25 career games.
Parker was effective outside the paint on Saturday, scoring 10 points on 4-for-7 shooting. In the first meeting, he was 0-for-4 outside the paint.
As a team, Duke was much improved outside the paint compared to the first meeting this season, nearly doubling its point total and field goal percentage on shots outside the paint.
The Blue Devils rebounded 53 percent of their missed shots, their second-highest offensive rebounding percentage this season. Duke outscored North Carolina 20-10 on second-chance points after being outscored 16-11 on such chances in their first meeting.
Parker was a key beneficiary of the Blue Devils’ offensive rebounding, with 10 of his points coming on second-chance opportunities.
Duke Offense Saturday vs North Carolina
Parker and Rodney Hood combined to score 54 of Duke’s 93 points, making twice as many field goals as the rest of their teammates combined.
That’s the most points those two have combined to score in a game this season and the second time they’ve combined to break 50.
For the Blue Devils, it’s their 33rd consecutive home win, tied with Stephen F. Austin for the longest active home win streak in D-I men’s hoops.
North Carolina shot 59.6 percent from the field, its second-highest in a game this season and its highest in a loss in the past 15 seasons.