CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Tyus Jones and third-ranked Duke kept the pressure on North Carolina, scoring over and over until the Blue Devils had finally wrested away control of a tight rivalry game.
It was a show of both their toughness as well as the offensive potential of a team carrying plenty of momentum into the postseason.
Jones scored 17 of his season-high 24 points in the second half and the Blue Devils shot 59 percent after the break to beat the 19th-ranked Tar Heels 84-77 on Saturday night.
“They believe in me to have the ball in my hands and to be the point guard of this team, and Coach (Mike Krzyzewski) believes in me,” the freshman said. “We believe in one another, and if you kick it to somebody, one of your brothers, you trust them to make the shot and they trust in me.”
Quinn Cook added 20 points for Duke (28-3, 15-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), which capitalized on a couple of key turnovers by the Tar Heels (21-10, 11-7) to finally get a fragile hold on a road game in which neither team could get many second-half stops.
The latest rivalry renewal was a competitive fight throughout, with UNC shooting 58 percent after halftime but unable to catch up once Duke finally got the game turned with about 6
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