Boxscore
Duke 85, North Carolina 84
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 9:00 PM
Location - Dean E. Smith Student Activities Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Officials - John Cahill, Bryan Kersey, Tim Nestor
Attendance - 21750

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Duke 40 45 85
North Carolina 43 41 84

Recap


DUKE 85, NORTH CAROLINA 84: Freshman Austin Rivers scored a game-high 29 points - including a 3-pointer at the buzzer - as the No. 9 Blue Devils stormed back from a 13-point second-half deficit to stun the No. 5 Tar Heels.

Rivers scored 16 of his points in the second half for visiting Duke (20-4, 7-2 ACC), which trailed 82-72 with 2:18 left before scoring on its final six possessions and closing the game with a 13-2 run. The Blue Devils finished with 14 3-pointers.

Tyler Zeller had 23 points and 11 rebounds for North Carolina (20-4, 7-2), but missed a critical free throw late that gave Duke a chance to win on the final possession.

Rivers’ 3-pointer - Duke’s third in the final two minutes - helped the Blue Devils earn their fifth win in six tries against North Carolina, which had a chance to earn sole possession of first place in the ACC.

Instead, the Tar Heels find themselves in a three-way tie with Duke and Florida State at 7-2.

Seth Curry finished with 15 points, Ryan Kelly had 13 and Mason Plumlee added 10 points and 15 rebounds for Duke, which avoided back-to-back defeats following Sunday’s home loss to Miami.

Harrison Barnes finished with a team-high 25 points for the Tar Heels, who led 43-40 at the half. John Henson had 12 points and a game-high 17 rebounds, and Kendall Marshall added 14 points and eight assists.

The Tar Heels opened the second half with a 14-4 run, and took a 57-44 lead with 15:10 left on Harrison Barnes’ 3-pointer.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Barnes had 19 of his points after halftime and also reached the 1,000-point milestone. … There were a combined 49 fouls … Thirty-seven of Duke’s 62 shot attempts came from 3-point range. … Rivers’ game-high point total was the most scored by a freshman against North Carolina in school history.

Duke Blue Devils

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Seth Curry 26:00 5-10 4-8 1-2 1 3 4 0 4 0 1 0 15
Ryan Kelly 27:00 5-12 1-7 4-4 1 3 4 0 3 1 2 0 15
Mason Plumlee 36:00 4-8 0-0 0-3 4 10 14 1 4 2 1 2 8
Austin Rivers 39:00 9-16 6-10 5-8 2 3 5 2 2 1 3 0 29
Tyler Thornton 30:00 1-6 1-6 0-0 0 0 0 3 5 0 3 0 3
Miles Plumlee 17:00 0-1 0-0 3-4 2 1 3 1 3 1 0 0 3
Andre Dawkins 16:00 2-5 2-5 2-3 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 8
Quinn Cook 9:00 1-4 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4
Josh Hairston 0:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 27-62 14-36 17-26 10 21 31 8 25 5 10 2 85
  43.5% 38.9% 65.4% Team Rebs: 4   Total TO: 10

North Carolina Tar Heels

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Reggie Bullock 34:00 2-3 0-1 0-0 0 4 4 1 3 1 1 0 4
Kendall Marshall 38:00 5-9 0-0 4-5 0 1 1 8 3 0 3 0 14
Tyler Zeller 33:00 8-15 0-0 7-11 4 7 11 0 4 0 2 2 23
John Henson 35:00 5-11 0-0 2-2 6 11 17 2 2 0 1 1 12
Harrison Barnes 35:00 8-16 1-3 8-12 2 1 3 1 4 2 2 0 25
James Michael McAdoo 12:00 3-6 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 0 4 0 0 0 6
P.J. Hairston 10:00 0-3 0-2 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 0 0 0 0
Desmond Hubert 0:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Justin Watts 1:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stilman White 2:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 31-63 1-6 21-30 14 27 41 14 22 3 9 3 84
  49.2% 16.7% 70.0% Team Rebs: 1   Total TO: 9
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