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North Carolina 101, Duke 87

Tar Heels run it up against rival

They become the first team in nine seasons to hit triple digits

February 12, 2009|Associated Press

DURHAM, N.C. — Ty Lawson helped Tyler Hansbrough make it four in a row at Cameron Indoor Stadium, while keeping himself perfect against North Carolina's most despised rival.

Lawson scored 21 of his 25 points in the second half, and No. 3 North Carolina rallied past No. 6 Duke, 101-87, on Wednesday.

Hansbrough scored 17 points -- and made another late three-point basket -- for the Tar Heels (22-2, 8-2), who became the first team in nine seasons to reach triple digits against Duke.

They came on strong down the stretch, using late runs of 25-11 and 14-0 to first take the lead for good and then stretch it to 17. In the process, they ended the Blue Devils' 14-game home-court winning streak while claiming first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings.

Wayne Ellington and Danny Green scored 15 points apiece. Green and Hansbrough joined former Wake Forest standouts Tim Duncan and Rusty LaRue as the only players to beat Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski four straight times on the Cameron court that now bears his name.

Kyle Singler scored 22 points and Jon Scheyer had 20 to lead Duke (20-4, 7-3), which kept up with the up-tempo Tar Heels for about 30 minutes before spiraling to its fifth loss in six meetings with its rival.

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