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Duke 92, North Carolina 90 (OT)

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DURHAM, N.C. — Fourth-ranked Duke scored four consecutive points late in overtime to pull out a 92-90 victory over 15th-ranked North Carolina on Wednesday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Center Jahlil Okafor scored on a power move into the lane with 1:44 left to put Duke ahead 90-89. Guard Quinn Cook converted one of two foul shots with 31 seconds to play.

North Carolina forward J.P. Tokoto missed a jumper with seven seconds left. Cook then sank one of two at the free-throw line for a three-point margin before North Carolina set up for a final play with 4.7 seconds remaining.

Duke fouled guard Nate Britt, who made the first attempt but missed the second. The Tar Heels were unable to secure the rebound.

North Carolina took control of the lane in the second half, put together a big run and held a 10-point lead with less than four minutes to play.

However, Duke wiped out a nine-point hole in the last 2 1/2 minutes to force the extra session.

Guard Tyus Jones and Cook scored 22 points apiece for Duke (23-3, 10-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). Forward Justise Winslow added 16 points, forward Amile Jefferson had 13 points, and Okafor ended with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

Forward Brice Johnson led North Carolina (18-8, 8-5) in regulation with 18 points, but he fouled out on Duke’s first overtime possession. Forward Kennedy Meeks also scored 18 points for the Tar Heels, while Tokoto had 15, forward Isaiah Hicks scored 12 and Britt contributed 11.

The teams played an overtime game for the first time since 2004 in Chapel Hill.

The Tar Heels lost in Durham for the third time in a row.

Duke shot 58.1 percent in the first half, but the Blue Devils cooled off and ended at 50.8 percent. The Tar Heels shot 45.8 percent overall.

North Carolina trailed by 13 points late in the first half, but the Tar Heels got rolling and surged ahead 54-53 less than five minutes into the second half.

The Tar Heels’ first lead of the game came on Tokoko’s highlight-reel dunk. That was part of a 13-0 run.

North Carolina broke a 62-62 tie with eight points in a row. Duke went five possessions in a row without scoring.

Britt made back-to-back baskets as the Tar Heels went up 77-67.

After a series of miscues on both sides, Jones made two free throws with 1:16 left to pull Duke within 79-76.

Johnson made two foul shots with 47 seconds to play before Jones’ three-point play at the 41-second mark.

Johnson was back at the free-throw and missed with 39 seconds to go. Jones tied the game with 27 seconds left.

North Carolina guard Marcus Paige missed a jumper, sending the game to overtime.

The Tar Heels lost for the fourth time in five games, with three of those setbacks coming against Top 10 teams.

The Blue Devils held a 49-42 halftime lead, though the Tar Heels showed signs of life at times.

Duke went on a run after Okafor limped off with an ankle injury with 3:34 to play in the half. Okafor came down on North Carolina reserve center Joel James’ foot, causing the injury.

Despite Okafor’s absence, the Blue Devils scored the next seven points as part of a 9-0 run that created a 49-36 lead.

Cook hit four 3-pointers in the first nine minutes and five total in the opening half.

North Carolina returned to a starting lineup that included Tokoto and Meeks after a couple of games with a different starting group. That change didn’t stop Duke’s opening burst that resulted in 9-2 and 20-8 edges.

The Blue Devils scored on 11 of their first 15 possessions.

Paige had two fouls less than 4 1/2 minutes into the game, and he scored only three points in the half.

NOTES: The teams gathered together, kneeling arm-in-arm, at the center circle for a pregame moment of silence in memory of retired North Carolina coach Dean Smith, who died Feb. 7. … Duke was ranked in the Top 25 for 43 consecutive meetings with North Carolina. … Blue Devils G Quinn Cook made his 200th career 3-point

Alan is an experienced writer of online betting and casino guides. He is one of the main editors of Basketballinsiders.

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