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Thursday, Feb. 1 9:00pm ET
Blue Devils uncharacteristically poor at charity stripe


DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Brendan Haywood had a lot on his mind when he stepped to the free-throw line with 1.2 seconds left Thursday night.

Jason Williams
Duke's Jason Williams, left, did his part with 32 points and a key defensive stop late.

The game between No. 2 North Carolina and No. 4 Duke was tied 83-83. Haywood is one of the poorest free-throw shooters on North Carolina, and although he did make two big ones last Sunday in a win over North Carolina State, he had had trouble at this basket before.

When he was a freshman, he missed two free throws late and Duke beat the Tar Heels by two points. He was also thinking of Duke's recent remarkable comeback win over Maryland.

The 7-foot senior, who entered shooting 48 percent from the line, got the last laugh this time as he made both and the Tar Heels beat the Blue Devils 85-83 in the latest chapter of one of the greatest rivalries in college basketball.

"I was definitely remembering those free throws. That was the first thing that was running through my mind," he said of the two he missed in Cameron Indoor Stadium when he was a freshman. "But I just had to focus and go ahead and follow through and think of my mechanics. Luckily, they went in for me. There's a lot to be said about luck."

His success at the line came on a night when Duke had one of its poorest efforts from there.

The Tar Heels (18-2, 8-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their 15th straight game and snapped Duke's five-game winning streak in the series.

The loss also snapped the nine-game overall winning streak for Duke (19-2, 7-1), which shot 13-for-27 from the free-throw line. The Blue Devils entered shooting 72 percent from the line, the second-best mark in the league.

Duke called a timeout after Haywood's free throws, and the final play drawn by coach Mike Krzyzewski almost worked.

Fans get rowdy
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – About 6,000 fans took to the street and started two bonfires after North Carolina's victory over Duke. One car was overturned and fans jumped on another one, police spokeswoman Jane Cousins said. No injuries were reported.

No charges had been filed by Friday morning, although Cousins said police were still investigating.

Mike Dunleavy inbounded the ball from the baseline and found Chris Duhon just barely on the same side of midcourt. Duhon's heave hit the back of the rim.

"North Carolina played a great basketball game and I thought we played really well but we didn't shoot the ball well, especially from the foul line and that's been a huge thing for us," Krzyzewski said. "I think the emotion of the game, sometimes you want it too much and that's what I sensed from our kids right from the beginning. They were too ready, too emotional."

Duke shot 39 percent (29-for-73), including 12-for-35 from 3-point range.

Joseph Forte had 24 points and a career-high 16 rebounds for North Carolina, while Jason Capel had 20 points and Haywood 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Forte's 16 rebounds were the most ever by a North Carolina guard.

"Joe was huge. He did a great job chasing down long rebounds," said Matt Doherty, the former Tar Heels player coaching in his first Carolina-Duke game. "It was the typical game you expect from Duke-Carolina, and we're lucky Duke wasn't as sharp tonight. They missed a lot of free throws they don't miss and tonight was the night."

Jason Williams, who led Duke to its remarkable 10-point comeback in the final minute of regulation in Saturday's overtime win over Maryland, had 32 points, while Nate James and Shane Battier each added 15.

Battier, who fouled out when he crashed into Haywood with 1.2 seconds left, also had 12 rebounds.

"I was just trying to make a play on the ball like a defensive back would," Battier said. "I got called for pass interference I guess."

Krzyzewski didn't complain about the call on the play 30 feet from the basket.

"You'd like to see something with a shot going, but they see it and they call it," he said. "We're big boys. We still had an opportunity to win and I thought Chris' shot was in."

North Carolina shot 51 percent (34-for-66) and managed to match Duke's 13 free throws in nine less attempts. The Tar Heels entered shooting 64 percent from the line, worst in the ACC.

Duke, which trailed 41-34 at halftime, made one of its patented runs early in the second half to get back in it.

Battier had two 3-pointers and Williams added another in an 11-2 run that brought Duke within 47-45 with 16:13 to play.

Duke got the lead for the first time since 6-5 on a jumper by Williams with 14:21 left. There were five more lead changes and four ties the rest of the way as Cameron Indoor Stadium heated up as the clock wound down.

Free throws also played a big part for North Carolina with 1:28 left and the Tar Heels leading 76-71.

Battier fouled Ronald Curry near halfcourt and Curry went down holding his left thigh. The officials allowed North Carolina to make an injury substitution and Curry, a 41 percent free-throw shooter, was replaced by Max Owens, who shoots 80 percent. Owens made both and the Tar Heels led 78-71.

Duke tied it for the last time with 9.3 seconds left on a 3-pointer by Dunleavy, who had missed his first five 3-point attempts. He finished with 12 points.

"You're not going to get many opportunities to beat Duke," Haywood said. "Maryland missed an opportunity and I didn't want to go down like that. I didn't want to see myself on TV as part of an instant classic."

This was the 107th meeting between the schools when at least one was ranked, the 51st when both were ranked and the ninth when both were in the Top 5.

Duke's last two wins were both against Top Ten teams – Wake Forest and Maryland.

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