Duke's Backcourt DOMINATES As No.4 Blue Devils Defeats No.15 UNC 92-90
By Cardell Dudley
In a battle of the arguably the most storied rivalry in college basketball, Duke led by their elite backcourt of Quinn Cook (22 points (7-15 FG), 4 rebounds, 3 assist) and Tyus Jones (22 points (7-16 FG),8 assist, 7 rebounds), would send their rival North Carolina home with a loss, surviving in overtime 92-90. In the midst of a game exceeding expectations, Duke (23-3, 10-3 ACC) let an early 13- point lead slip away and was down 10 with less than four minutes left in regulation. Thanks to a late rally led by highly touted freshmen Jones and Jahlil Okafor ( 12 points (6-11 FG), 13 rebounds) at the end of regulation and in overtime, Duke would walk out of Cameron winners of six straight and with their ninth win in 12 meetings against North Carolina (18-8, 8-5 ACC). Fellow freshman Justise Winslow had a big night as well, finishing with 16 points (6-10 FG), and 7 rebounds in the win. While North Carolina's front court of Kennedy Meeks and Brice Johnson had very productive games with 18 points,7 rebounds and 18 points, 12 rebounds respectively, the backcourt of UNC lost their match-up. Junior guard J.P Tokoto had one of the best all around games of his career with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist with no turnovers however the same can't be said for Marcus Paige, who finished with a nightmare 5 points (2-11 FG), 5 rebounds and 3 assist, being thoroughly outplayed by his freshman counterpart Tyus Jones. Saturday both UNC and Duke will host their next games, against Georgia Tech and Clemson respectively.
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