The UNC tar heels and Duke Blue devils squared off in Cammeron yesterday,and what a game it was.A battle back and forth that took backseat to the death of UNC student body president:Eve Carson.Both teams stood and payed their respects to Carson in a very sportsmanlike manner.Duke fans even wore a ribbon on their shirts while UNC players wore a patch on their jersys that read"Eve".
On to the game,was a great one that shouldn't be lost among the best of these series of games.It was tight all the way to the end,a true rivalry game for the ACC regular season championship.
Both teams started out stong on the offensive end with UNC jumping out to a 10-5 lead pushing the tempo with the speedster Ty Lawson leading the break.UNC gained momentum and a TO was called.They traded baskets and going into another TO the score was 13-9.Coming out of the TO UNC slowed the tempo of the game time and moved the ball around.Duke began to have problems shooting and UNC continued to dominate the glass.UNC opened up a 24-13 lead.
Duek hadn't made a FG in over 6 minutes before until Paulus hit two quick three's and got the crazies in a frenzy.He hits 4 three's in the matter of a few minutes.The scoring really picks up with both teams trading baskets,and the players and fans really exhibiting the traits of a real rivalry.This was college basketball at its greatest.
Danny Green throws down a monster jam that quiets the crowd a bit.
Half time score:UNC 42 Duke 31
Notes:31 is the lowest amount of points Duke has had at the half all year.
Danny Green has 14 points on 6-8 shooting.
Demarcus Nelson,Duke's leading scorer,also has been held without a point.
Duke picks up a little and pulls to within 5 with the score 51-46.Trading baskets,Duke pulls to within 3 at 57-54.with 12 minutes to go.No one scores then for two and a half minutes.The teams then trade 3's back and forth,the game starts going fast to the point where I wonder how it's doing so.
Duke takes the lead at 68-66 but stops scoring,they don't score the rest of the game and UNC finishes off the devils with baskets that strike them in the heart.Hansbrough stuck Duke through the heart with a jam.
Final score:UNC 74 Duke 68
The story line tonight was UNC's rebounding advantage and Duke's inability to shoot the three ball,Duke also had two scoring droughts of over 5 1/2 minutes
UNC 31-76 shooting .408% Duke 25-76 .345%,10-29 3pt%
UNC Green 18 pts,7 blocks,8 rebounds
Hansbrough 16 points,15 rebounds,dominated the glass with strength and hustle,he also passed 2000 points for his career
Ellington 16 points
Lawson 10 ponts,3 asts,3 stls
Thompson 5 blocks
Paulus 15 points
Scheyer 14 points,4 asts
Henderson 9 rebounds
What a great game,and congrats to UNC,the 2007-08 ACC regular season champs.