#21 North Carolina tops #9 Duke

The Tar Heels made a concerted effort to crash the boards, and went plus 11 in rebounding during the second half, with including 15 offensive boards.

Kahron Spearman

#21 North Carolina just found a way to scratch out a victory against the ninth-ranked Blue Devils 82-78 on Thursday night, finishing off a strong comeback after being 12 down after the first half.

Tar Heel guard Joel Berry II scored 21 points.

Future top-5 pick Marvin Bagley III was the one Blue Devil that Carolina could not stop, finishing with 15 points and 16 rebounds while playing defense without fouls (zero fouls.)

Everybody crashed the boards. We told them at halftime: Me and Luke (Maye) are going to do everything we can to keep Carter and Bagley off the boards. You have to come in and rebound.

The Tar Heels (18-7, 7-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) had four players scored at least 15 points per game, including Pittsburgh graduate transfer Cameron Johnson going for 18 points and 13 rebounds.

UNC ended up plus 11 in rebounding during the second half, including 15 offensive boards.

Duke's Grayson Allen had 7 assists but shot poorly in going 3-for-9 for just nine points.