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No. 3 UNC tops No. 4 Duke 79-70 to earn share of ACC title

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Third-ranked North Carolina handled every push fourth-ranked Duke could manage, both in building a big lead and then hanging onto what was left of its edge in the final minutes.

When it was over, the Tar Heels were ready to cut down nets, too.

Freshman Coby White scored 21 points and UNC took down its biggest rival again, beating the short-handed Blue Devils 79-70 to earn a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season championship.

The win also gave the Tar Heels their first regular-season sweep of the Blue Devils in a decade, this one with Duke freshman star Zion Williamson sidelined yet again by the knee sprain suffered in the first meeting.

Afterward, as fans lingered for farewell speeches from upperclassmen playing their final home game, the Tar Heels started working on the net to celebrate.

''It's OK if you need to go, it's all right,'' UNC coach Roy Williams told the crowd as arena staff brought ladders onto the court. ''Because we're going to have fun ourselves. We're going to cut down that frickin' net as ACC champions.''

Senior Kenny Williams scored a season-high 18 points for the Tar Heels (26-5, 16-2), who led by 15 with about 6 1/2 minutes left but had to hold off a rally by the Blue Devils, who also lost starting big man Marques Bolden early in this one to his own knee injury.

The Tar Heels bumbled their way to the finish after building their big lead, letting the Blue Devils (26-5, 14-4) get within five late. Ultimately UNC held on to finish tied alongside second-ranked Virginia atop the final league standings.

Virginia secured the No. 1 seed for the league tournament by beating Louisville earlier Saturday. The Cavaliers owned the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Tar Heels by winning in Chapel Hill last month.

The Tar Heels had last swept the two-game set with Duke on Tyler Hansbrough's Senior Day in 2009 for a team that went on to win the NCAA title. And it didn't matter to them that Williamson - a candidate for national player of the year and a possible No. 1 overall NBA draft pick - barely saw the court in the first game and not at all in the second.

''No, because at the end of the day we both had to go out there and play the game,'' said graduate student Cameron Johnson, who had 14 points and 10 rebounds. ''In their case, they knew he wasn't going to play. They've got guys who are highly touted guys, talented guys, it's a basketball game, you've got to play it.''

Freshman RJ Barrett scored 26 points as the no-doubt lead weapon for Duke's offense with Williamson out. But Duke shot just 23 percent after halftime, even as it got as close as 75-70 on Barrett's 3-pointer with 2:19 left.

''We were down by 15 and we put ourselves in a position where we had a chance,'' Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. ''I'm proud of the fact that our guys put us in that position. ... We'll be OK if we keep doing that.''

BIG PICTURE

Duke: There's no doubt the Blue Devils are a different team without Williamson, the 6-foot-7, 285-pound walking highlight reel of jaw-dropping athleticism and high-flying dunks. Without him, Barrett and fellow freshman Cam Reddish (17 of his 23 points before halftime) had to carry the load offensively and had trouble keeping up when the Tar Heels made their move.

''It's not the greatest feeling losing to them,'' Duke freshman point guard Tre Jones said. ''But just as a team, we've got to learn from this loss for sure.''

UNC: The Tar Heels shot just 41 percent, missed free throws and went the final 6:47 without a basket after taking the 75-60 lead, so things were hardly perfect. Yet that 11-0 burst that finally jarred the Tar Heels loose in a tight game was a display of why they have lost just twice in league play: fast-paced, explosive and at times withering for opponents to chase down.

MORE ON ZION

Duke ruled out Williamson for the fifth straight game earlier Saturday. Krzyzewski had said Williamson had gotten in his ''first really good workout'' on Thursday as he continued his recovery and now had to improve conditioning while getting used to contact again.

After the loss, Krzyzewski was optimistic about getting him back for the ACC Tournament.

''I think we'll get Zion back for Thursday,'' he said.

ANOTHER INJURY

Things got tougher for Duke when it lost Bolden roughly 2 1/2 minutes when he fell into the basket support while picking up a foul on a block attempt at the rim. Krzyzewski said afterward was a sprained ligament in his left knee.

WILLIAMS' DEFENSE

While Barrett scored 26, he made just 10 of 27 shots while seeing a lot of UNC's Kenny Williams. Williams drew three charges on Barrett and also blocked Barrett's 3 with 56 seconds left.

''I think I was running on adrenaline from the tip, Williams said, adding: ''Playing defense on RJ for 40 minutes took a lot out of me.''

UP NEXT

Duke: The Blue Devils have a bye as the No. 3 seed into Thursday's quarterfinals at the ACC Tournament.

UNC: The Tar Heels have a bye as the No. 2 seed into Thursday's quarterfinals at the ACC Tournament.

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Key Players
R. Barrett
5 F
L. Maye
32 F
30.7 Min. Per Game 30.7
14.9 Pts. Per Game 14.9
2.3 Ast. Per Game 2.3
10.3 Reb. Per Game 10.3
45.8 Field Goal % 43.0
31.5 Three Point % 30.0
66.0 Free Throw % 78.0
  Defensive rebound by Luke Maye 19.0
  RJ Barrett missed 3-pt. jump shot 21.0
  Full timeout called 33.0
+ 1 Garrison Brooks made 2nd of 2 free throws 33.0
+ 1 Garrison Brooks made 1st of 2 free throws 33.0
  Personal foul on Cam Reddish 33.0
  Defensive rebound by North Carolina 34.0
  Cam Reddish missed 3-pt. jump shot 36.0
  Offensive rebound by Cam Reddish 37.0
  RJ Barrett missed 3-pt. jump shot 39.0
  Offensive rebound by Jack White 44.0
Team Stats
Points 70 79
Field Goals 25-73 (34.2%) 30-74 (40.5%)
3-Pointers 8-32 (25.0%) 12-31 (38.7%)
Free Throws 12-17 (70.6%) 7-13 (53.8%)
Total Rebounds 48 48
Offensive 15 12
Defensive 28 31
Team 5 5
Assists 15 16
Steals 5 5
Blocks 7 8
Turnovers 12 10
Fouls 12 14
Technicals 0 0
26 PTS, 12 REB, 4 AST
21 PTS, 1 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo 4 Duke 26-5 403070
home team logo 3 North Carolina 26-5 384179
Team Stats
away team logo 4 Duke 26-5 82.7 PPG 43.7 RPG 15.9 APG
home team logo 3 North Carolina 26-5 85.8 PPG 47.1 RPG 18.8 APG
Key Players
5
R. Barrett F 22.6 PPG 7.6 RPG 4.3 APG 45.4 FG%
2
C. White G 16.1 PPG 3.5 RPG 4.1 APG 42.2 FG%
Top Scorers
R. Barrett F 26 PTS 12 REB 4 AST
C. White G 21 PTS 1 REB 3 AST
34.2 FG% 40.5
25.0 3PT FG% 38.7
70.6 FT% 53.8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Barrett 26 12 4 10/27 4/11 2/3 4 38 0 0 4 4 8
C. Reddish 23 5 2 6/23 3/12 8/10 1 39 3 2 4 2 3
T. Jones 9 5 7 4/9 1/3 0/0 2 40 2 0 2 0 5
M. Bolden 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0
A. O'Connell 0 2 1 0/4 0/4 0/0 0 18 0 0 1 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Barrett 26 12 4 10/27 4/11 2/3 4 38 0 0 4 4 8
C. Reddish 23 5 2 6/23 3/12 8/10 1 39 3 2 4 2 3
T. Jones 9 5 7 4/9 1/3 0/0 2 40 2 0 2 0 5
M. Bolden 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0
A. O'Connell 0 2 1 0/4 0/4 0/0 0 18 0 0 1 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. DeLaurier 8 10 0 4/4 0/0 0/2 2 28 0 4 1 4 6
J. White 4 9 1 1/6 0/2 2/2 2 29 0 1 0 5 4
J. Goldwire 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
B. Besser - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Vrankovic - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Buckmire - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Baker - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Williamson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 70 43 15 25/73 8/32 12/17 12 200 5 7 12 15 28
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. White 21 1 3 8/18 4/10 1/1 1 36 0 3 0 0 1
K. Williams 18 6 3 7/15 4/7 0/0 2 39 1 1 2 1 5
C. Johnson 14 10 1 5/13 2/8 2/2 3 28 2 0 2 3 7
G. Brooks 10 5 1 3/5 0/0 4/10 3 29 0 2 0 3 2
L. Maye 7 16 7 3/13 1/4 0/0 3 33 1 1 3 5 11
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. White 21 1 3 8/18 4/10 1/1 1 36 0 3 0 0 1
K. Williams 18 6 3 7/15 4/7 0/0 2 39 1 1 2 1 5
C. Johnson 14 10 1 5/13 2/8 2/2 3 28 2 0 2 3 7
G. Brooks 10 5 1 3/5 0/0 4/10 3 29 0 2 0 3 2
L. Maye 7 16 7 3/13 1/4 0/0 3 33 1 1 3 5 11
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Little 9 4 0 4/8 1/1 0/0 1 18 0 1 2 0 4
B. Robinson 0 1 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 9 0 0 0 0 1
S. Woods 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 1 0 0
A. Platek 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 1 0 0 0 0
S. Rush - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. McAdoo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Huffman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Manley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Miller - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Ellis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Black - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 79 43 16 30/74 12/31 7/13 14 200 5 8 10 12 31