Hansbrough leads UNC to Tobacco Road upset over Duke

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Perhaps it was a six-game winning streak.

Perhaps it was the maturity Roy Williams has seen all season from

his four star freshmen. Whatever the reason, the North Carolina

coach truly felt his team could finish out the regular season with

an improbable victory at Duke.

"I hope it isn't cockiness, but I told them that I thought we

were the only team in the country that could come in here and win

this game," Williams said. "I believed that we could if we


And play they did.

Tyler Hansbrough scored 27 points, fellow rookie Danny Green

came up with the key defensive stop and the Tar Heels (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today; No. 13 AP)

held off No. 1 Duke 83-76 Saturday night in the final home game for

J.J. Redick and Shelden Williams.

Bobby Frasor, yet another first-year player, converted two

clutch free throws with 23 seconds remaining, and Hansbrough later

made two more. That made it a five-point game, and the Blue Devils

(27-3, 14-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) were done when DeMarcus

Nelson missed everything on a 3-pointer at the other end.

"When I knocked down those free throws, it hit me that we'd

just come in here and beat Duke," Hansbrough said. "It doesn't

get any better than this."

The Blue Devils completed the regular season with their first

loss to North Carolina in Cameron since 2001 and will almost

certainly drop from the top spot in The Associated Press poll on

Monday after losing two in a row. Florida State stunned Duke

earlier in the week.

Marcus Ginyard, the fourth freshmen in the rotation for the Tar

Heels (21-6, 12-4), added 12 points and Frasor finished with 10.

Green stripped Duke's Sean Dockery on a drive in the final minute

when the margin was only three points.

"We've got a lot of guys contributing and that makes us a

dangerous team," Green said. "I think this proves we're capable

of beating anybody."

Redick scored 18 points despite missing 15 of his final 16

shots, and Shelden Williams had 18 points, 15 rebounds and six

blocks. In his past four games, Redick is 23-for-80 from the field,

only 29 percent.

"It was a weird night," he said. "I'm just not shooting the

ball well right now. I'm getting great looks, but they're just not

going in."

The Blue Devils wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the ACC tournament

before their recent struggles, and they head there looking for

their seventh title in eight years.

"Sometimes it's not bad to hurt," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski

said. "Sometimes you don't want things until you get hurt. We got

hurt today, let's see what we do."

For the first 30 minutes, this one appeared that it would be

decided in the final seconds, as so many games are in this Tobacco

Road rivalry. It was 59-59 midway through the second half -- the

eighth tie -- when the Tar Heels surprisingly took control.

An 11-0 run did it, with little-used senior Byron Sanders

leading the way. He got a pair of nifty assists from reserve point

guard Quentin Thomas for his only two baskets of the game, and when

Thomas fed David Noel for a jumper, North Carolina led by 10.

It was 70-59 when Reyshawn Terry added a free throw, but the Tar

Heels made a couple of inexplicable errors to let Duke back in it.

Frasor had a layup blocked easily by Shelden Williams, and Terry

unleashed an off-balance jumper early in the shot clock that

bounced off the side of the backboard.

"We put ourselves in a bad position by being stupid," Roy

Williams said. "I told Bobby that he needed to be a little more

intelligent. Reyshawn's shot from over there, I have no idea why

anybody would try and shoot that ball."

Nelson swished two 3s in a span of about 40 seconds and Lee

Melchionni put back a miss from Redick to fuel the rally. Suddenly,

the Blue Devils were down only 77-74, and when Nelson got a steal

on the ensuing possession, they had a chance to tie.

The Cameron Crazies were in a frenzy.

"My ears started ringing when they made that run," Hansbrough

said. "It's everything it's hyped up to be."

But Green thwarted Dockery's drive through the lane, which led

to the free throws by Frasor and Hansbrough, and North Carolina

held on to win for the seventh time in eight ACC road games this

season. The four freshmen outscored Duke's four senior starters


"We've got a lot of confidence right now in each other, and

that's contagious," Ginyard said. "I know it's helped me."