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On This Date in Carolina Basketball
March 9, 2003
North Carolina-82 Duke-79
by Rick Brewer, Sports Information Director Emeritus
CHAPEL HILL - Rashad McCants scored 26 points and Raymond Felton added 18 and 10 assists as North Carolina defeated 10th-ranked Duke, 82-79, at the Smith Center.
McCants hit a long three-pointer with 1:14 on the clock to snap a 72-72 tie. Jackie Manuel followed with a driving layup for a five-point lead.
Dahntay Jones hit a three-pointer with 32 seconds left to bring the Blue Devils back to within two. Duke then put Carolina on the free throw line, but Felton and David Noel hit two each. Those foul shots offset two free throws by Jones and a layup by Chris Duhon. Felton added another free throw with three seconds remaining for the final three-point difference.
McCants hit 12 of 16 field goal attempts. His only three-pointer was the one that broke the 72-72 tie. Felton made seven of 11 from the floor. He also led Carolina with eight rebounds in addition to his 10 assists. Jawad Williams contributed 15.
The Tar Heels posted a 61.3 field goal percentage in taking a 42-36 halftime lead. Carolina made 50 percent of its shots in the second half for a mark of 55.9 for the game.
Jones led Duke with 22 points and Shelden Williams had 20. J.J. Redick had only 12 as the Tar Heels limited him to just four field goals and13 attempts.
In fact, the Blue Devils shot only 45.1 percent as a team.
Neither team led by more than four points in the first half until Felton's layup with four seconds left gave Carolina its 42-36 lead at intermission.
The second half was just as close. The Tar Heels led much of the period. Daniel Ewing's layup tied the game with 3:10 on the clock. Two possessions later McCants hit his big three-pointer.
Carolina, continuing to play without the injured Sean May, improved to 16-14.The loss dropped Duke into a second-place tie in the ACC regular-season standings at 11-5. The Blue Devils fell to 21-6 overall.