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story.lead_photo.caption North Carolina’s Joel Berry II (left) scored 21 points in the No. 21 Tar Heels’ 82-78 victory over No. 9 Duke on Thursday night in Chapel Hill, N.C.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Joel Berry II scored 21 points and No. 21 North Carolina rallied from 12 down in the first half to beat No. 9 Duke 82-78 in Thursday's renewal of the fierce rivalry.

Kenny Williams made six three-pointers and matched his career high with 20 points for the Tar Heels (18-7, 7-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), who roared out of halftime with a 16-2 run that erased what was left of Duke's early lead.

Cameron Johnson added 18 points and 13 rebounds, helping the Tar Heels overcome the Blue Devils' significant size advantage to own the glass (28-17) after halftime.

North Carolina led by as many as 10 and saw Duke get to within 74-71 late, but the Tar Heels did just enough to hang on. Theo Pinson punctuated the victory with a dunk off the press break with 11.1 seconds left to seal it.

Gary Trent Jr. scored 16 points to lead the Blue Devils (19-5, 7-4).


CLEMSON, S.C. -- Gabe DeVoe matched his career high with 25 points, helping No. 16 Clemson beat Pittsburgh.

DeVoe was 7 for 11 from three-point range for the Tigers (20-4, 9-3 ACC). Pitt (8-17, 0-12) shot 39.1 percent (18 for 46) from the field.

Other Top 25 men's games

Jock Landale scored 21 points and Jordan Ford added 20 points and nine rebounds to lead No. 11 Saint Mary's (24-2, 13-0 West Coast Conference) to an 83-62 victory over Loyola Marymount (7-17, 2-11) in Los Angeles. ... Killian Tillie had 21 points and 10 rebounds and made a key tip-in with 1:39 remaining, and No. 12 Gonzaga (22-4, 12-1 West Coast Conference) beat Pacific (12-14, 7-6) 71-61 in Stockton, Calif. ... Aaron Holiday scored 17 points, Gyorgy Golomon added a career-high 16 and UCLA (17-7, 8-4 Pac-12) shot its way past No. 13 Arizona (19-6, 9-3) 82-74 in Tucson.

Sports on 02/09/2018

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