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Rivers' 3 caps a classic

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Austin Rivers never looked like a freshman in his first Duke-North Carolina game, especially when he hit a shot that will live on in the lore of this fierce rivalry.

Rivers hit a 3-pointer at the horn to give No. 10 Duke an 85-84 win over No. 5 North Carolina on Wednesday night, snapping the Tar Heels' school-record 31-game home winning streak.

"This is a great feeling," Rivers said in an oncourt interview with ESPN. "UNC's one of the best teams in the country, so for us to come in and not give up and get a win, it means a lot."

Rivers scored a season-high 29 and hit six 3s, the last over 7-footer Tyler Zeller with the Blue Devils (20-4, 7-2) trailing by two in the final seconds. The ball swished through, sending Rivers running down the court in celebration while the rest of his teammates gave chase before mobbing him in front of a stunned UNC crowd.

The 3 capped a wild rally for the Blue Devils, who trailed by 10 with 2:38 left.

Harrison Barnes scored 25 for the Tar Heels (20-4, 7-2), and Zeller had 23 points and 11 rebounds. But Zeller missed two free throws in the final minute, including one with 13.9 seconds left that set up Rivers' winner.

It was a finish befitting the rivalry, from Rivers' shot to Barnes' second-half surge to Zeller accidentally batting an airball into the Duke basket on a rebound attempt, bringing the Blue Devils within a point with 14.2 seconds left.

North Carolina was 8-for-15 from the line in the second half.

"This one hurts," UNC coach Roy Williams said. "Our kids really played and competed and did some really good things. Duke is awfully good."

NO. 2 SYRACUSE 64, NO. 12 G'TOWN 61, OT: Kris Joseph had a career-high 29 points and hit a go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minute of overtime, and the host Orange (24-1, 11-1 Big East) beat the Hoyas (18-5, 8-4) to give coach Jim Boeheim his 880th career win. Boeheim took sole possession of third place in Division I, passing North Carolina's Dean Smith, and trails Mike Krzyzewski and Bob Knight.

NO. 7 KANSAS 68, NO. 6 BAYLOR 54: Jeff Withey scored a career-high 25 for the visiting Jayhawks (19-5, 9-2 Big 12), who went ahead to stay during a 14-3 first-half run while Thomas Robinson was on the bench and routed the Bears (21-3, 8-3) for the second time this season.

NO. 11 MICH. ST. 77, PENN ST. 55: Draymond Green had 23 points and 12 rebounds and made some timely shots for the host Spartans (19-5, 8-3 Big Ten), who pulled within a game of conference-leading Ohio State.

NO. 19 VIRGINIA 68, WAKE 44: Mike Scott made all nine of his shots and scored 19 for the host Cavaliers (19-4, 6-3 ACC), who ended a six-game losing streak against the Demon Deacons.

NO. 22 MICHIGAN 62, NEBRASKA 46: Zack Novak scored 14 to go over 1,000 for his career for the Wolverines (18-7, 8-4), who improved to 2-4 in Big Ten road games.

UCF 67, MARSHALL 60: Keith Clanton scored 20 for the host Knights (18-6, 7-3 C-USA), and Marcus Jordan hit a key 3-pointer with 14.3 seconds left after UCF's 14-point lead was cut to two.

SAINT LEO 71, TAMPA 44: Marcus Ruh had 23 points for the host Lions (11-10, 5-6 Sunshine State), who shot 50.9 percent to 39.5 percent for the Spartans (6-16, 3-10).

ECKERD 98, FLA. SOUTHERN 90, OT: The host Tritons (16-5, 9-3 SSC) scored the final five of regulation, then Lance Kearse scored Eckerd's first 10 of overtime and finished with 24.

UCONN PROPOSES PENALTIES: Connecticut proposed reducing the number of games it will play next season if the NCAA grants a waiver to allow the Huskies to play in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. The school is currently barred from the tourney, a penalty for years of below-standard academic results, but it requested a waiver last month.

Self-imposed penalties would include forfeiting the revenue awarded to the Big East for participating in the 2013 tournament, reducing the 2012-13 regular-season games from 27 to 23 and barring coach Jim Calhoun from meeting off campus with prospective recruits during the fall 2012 contact period.

AIR FORCE: Coach Jeff Reynolds was fired after five seasons. Assistant coach Dave Pilipovich was named interim coach. Reynolds is 11-10 this season and 63-82 overall with the Falcons.

ST. JOHNS: Junior guard Malik Stith withdrew from the team, citing personal reasons.

Women

ST. JOHN'S 67, USF 57: The host Red Storm (16-8, 8-4 Big East) pulled away early in the second half from the short-handed Bulls (12-13, 4-7). USF, which lost its fourth straight game, was without leading scorer Jasmine Wynne (concussion) and starting point guard Shalethia Stringfield (personal reasons). Sasha Bernard had a career-high 14 points for the Bulls.

SAINT LEO 74, TAMPA 68: Chelsea Williams had 24 points for the host Lions (7-14, 1-10 Sunshine State), who pulled away from the Spartans (9-13, 2-10) with a 15-2 second-half run.

FLA. SOUTHERN 67, ECKERD 61: The visiting Mocs pulled away late to sweep the season series from the Tritons (12-8, 6-6 SSC).

NO. 6 MIAMI 61, NO. 23 UNC 37: Shenise Johnson scored 19 for the Hurricanes (21-3, 10-1 ACC), who won their 38th straight home game and forced the Tar Heels (17-7, 7-4) into a season-high 35 turnovers.

NO. 14 G'TOWN 56, SETON HALL 51: Sugar Rodgers had 23 points and 11 rebounds for the host Hoyas (19-5, 8-3 Big East), who have won six of seven.

NO. 15 TEXAS A&M 67, KANSAS ST. 36: Kelsey Bone and Karla Gilbert scored 14 each to lead the host Aggies (17-5, 8-3 Big 12) to their fourth straight win.

NO. 25 ST. BONAVENTURE 69, UMASS 54: Megan Van Tatenhove and Armelia Horton scored 17 each for the visiting Bonnies (23-2, 10-0 Atlantic 10), who tied a school record for wins.

Rivers' 3 caps a classic 02/08/12 [Last modified: Thursday, February 9, 2012 12:26am]
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