Field Goal %
- DUKE 55.1
- 33.9 UNC
Three Point %
- DUKE 33.3
- 7.1 UNC
- DUKE 15
- 11 UNC
- DUKE 33
- 35 UNC
- Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599
- Line: UNC -1.5
- 0th Half
North Carolina scored 53 points Saturday, its second fewest in a game in the last two seasons. The Tar Heels entered Saturday on a six-game winning streak but scored 53 points on 61 possessions against Duke. North Carolina was inefficient largely because it was 1-for-14 (7.1 percent) from 3-point range, its lowest 3-point shooting percentage in any game in the last 15 seasons.
Duke shot 55.1 percent from the field Saturday, its third highest shooting percentage in a game this season, and shot 65.4 percent in the paint. The Blue Devils outscored North Carolina by 10 points in the paint and scored 49.3 percent of their overall points in the paint Saturday, their fifth highest percentage in a game this season. Mason Plumlee scored 16 of his game-high 23 points in the paint Saturday, his most paint points in a game since scoring 18 in a 98-85 win over North Carolina State on Feb. 7.
Duke started the game on a 14-0 run Saturday and scored 1.27 points per possession in the first half to help build a 42-24 halftime lead. All of the Blue Devils' made 3-point field goals came in the first half and they shot nearly 70 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes. Duke struggled in the first half against North Carolina on Feb. 13, shooting under 40 percent.
Duke struggled vs quality teams on the road this season, losing each of its first four games against the BPI Top 100 away from home. The Blue Devils flipped the script Saturday, taking care of business at rival North Carolina.
Tookie Brown scored 21 points and Georgia Southern held off a late Texas State run to win 70-67 on Saturday to end a two-game skid.
Garrison Mathews drilled seven 3-pointers, scored 26 points, and Lipscomb beat Jacksonville 81-69 on Saturday to keep pace with Florida Gulf Coast in the Atlantic Sun Conference race.
Donald Hicks scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds, Ed Polite Jr. totaled 18 and 10, and Radford sent Longwood to its 13th straight loss with a 79-72 win on Saturday.