Duke Stuns North Carolina 85-84 On Final Shot

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Freshman Austin Rivers buried a 3-pointer at the horn to give No. 10 Duke an 85-84 win over No. 5 North Carolina on Wednesday night.

Rivers scored a season-high 29 points and hit six 3s, though the last will certainly live on in the lore on the fierce rivalry.

With the Blue Devils (20-4, 7-2) trailing by two, Rivers launched a 3 over 7-footer Tyler Zeller from the right wing. The ball swished through the net, sending Rivers running down the court in celebration while the rest of his teammates gave chase before mobbing him in front of a stunned UNC crowd.

Rivers' 3 capped a wild rally for the Blue Devils, who trailed by 10 points with about 2 1/2 minutes left.

Harrison Barnes scored 25 points for the Tar Heels (20-4, 7-2), while Zeller finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds. But Zeller missed a free throw with 13.9 seconds left, setting up Rivers' winning shot.


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  • by Cliff Location: Altoona, AL on Feb 28, 2012 at 10:15 AM
    Hey IronDuke, Your Blue Devils Did It!!!! Still, I Say GO PACK!!!!
  • by Kara Location: near Greenville on Feb 16, 2012 at 06:05 AM
    I cant believe Duke beat UNC. I can say it was a good game, but UNC should've won!!! In my mind UNC is always the best! And I really dont like Duke at all.. :P
  • by fedup on Feb 11, 2012 at 12:33 AM
    the worst mistake Roy make at coaching was to not put pressure on the ball when Duke took the ball out, he let them bring up the floor on the last possesion with no pressure. And I still think the late Jimmy v had the right idea when he said no one beats me shooting a three pointer on the last possesion, I will foul you and make you shoot 2 free throws, the worst that can happen is you will tie up the game but you will not beat me, he won a national championship using this, why no one else buys into I just don't understand. Just my two cents worth
  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville on Feb 10, 2012 at 02:18 PM
    Funny to see all these Duke and Holes fans during basketball season, and when football rolls around they turn into Pirate football fans. That's always going to be the problem at ECU and why its hard to get into the big east, beside no tv market, to many Pirate fans jump ship during basketball season. I was hoping a meteor would come down and take out the Dean Dome, ol well maybe next year.
  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville on Feb 10, 2012 at 02:18 PM
    Funny to see all these Duke and Holes fans during basketball season, and when football rolls around they turn into Pirate football fans. That's always going to be the problem at ECU and why its hard to get into the big east, beside no tv market, to many Pirate fans jump ship during basketball season. I was hoping a meteor would come down and take out the Dean Dome, ol well maybe next year.
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      by Ironduke on Feb 11, 2012 at 09:22 AM in reply to Anonymous
      No purple pirate here...all true Blue Duke University. Let's go Duke!
  • by BB CAMP Location: DURHAM on Feb 10, 2012 at 12:42 AM
    GUESS WHO SIGNED UP FOR THE COACH K SUMMER BB CAMP THIS MOURNING.............. ROY !!!! BLAHAHAHAHAH
  • by RED SLIPPERS Location: KANSAS on Feb 10, 2012 at 12:34 AM
    HEEEEY ROY... THERES NO PLACE LIKE HOME !!! BLAHAHAHAH
  • by I LOVE UNC Location: CHAPEL HILL on Feb 10, 2012 at 12:32 AM
    YEA I HEARD RIVERS COULD NOT FIND HIS MESH SLEEVE AFTER THE GAME.. HEARD THEY FOUND IT AT DURING TARHEEL PRACTICE TODAY.. YEA ROY WAS USING IT TO SEE IF HIS GUYS COULD MAKE MORE THAN 1 THREE POINTER. BLAHAHAHA
  • by K Location: UNC on Feb 9, 2012 at 08:28 PM
    YEA I HEARD ANY UNC PLAYER CAUGHT WITH N THE THREE PIONT LINE DURING PRATICE WILL BE BENCED.. YEA AND ROY WILL BRING IN HIS TOP WEAPON.. YEA DUDE HAS A CAREER AVG OF OOOOOOOO.9 AND 1 THREE POINTER ... BLAHAHAH
  • by KING K Location: DUKE on Feb 9, 2012 at 08:23 PM
    YEA HEARD K HAD TO SIGN BASKETBALLS FOR ROY THIS MOURNING HE WAS UNABLE TO SEE DUE TO BLOOD SHOT EYES !!!!!
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