RALEIGH, N.C. — Duke faced a deep deficit and was staring at a third straight road loss but had an even bigger problem: It wasn't following the instructions of its Hall of Fame coach.
So during some late breaks, Mike Krzyzewski turned control of the huddle over to the players, and that strategy led to his latest milestone victory.
DeMarcus Nelson capped a late rally by making two free throws with 1:01 left to lift No. 7 Duke past North Carolina State 87-86 Saturday and give Coach K his 800th career win.
"He kind of let us decide what we were going to do with the game," guard Jon Scheyer said, "because for a lot of it, we weren't doing the things that (the coaches) told us to do."
Nelson and Scheyer scored 19 each for the Blue Devils, who used a game-closing 14-5 run to take their only lead of the half and win their third straight.
"For a couple of late timeouts, I let anyone who would actually want to, talk — and say something that somebody would listen to — run the huddle," Krzyzewski said. "Teams become really good when they talk to each other. What happens is, they take ownership. We never took ownership of this game until late in the second half."
Ben McCauley scored 19 and made a free throw with 1:11 left to put the Wolfpack up 86-85. He fouled Nelson 10 seconds later, and the Duke captain, a 45 percent free-throw shooter in his previous six games, sank both.
NO. 3 UNC 90, BC 80: Tyler Hansbrough scored 25, and the visiting Tar Heels overcame Tyrese Rice's 46 points and an 18-point second-half deficit to win their sixth straight. After Corey Raji hit a 3-pointer to give the Eagles a 61-44 lead, North Carolina scored 18 straight.
UM 95, UVA 93: Jack McClinton scored a career-high 34 for the host Hurricanes. After the Cavaliers scored nine straight to get within 91-90, Lance Hurdle hit a 3-pointer with 9.2 seconds left.
GA. TECH 87, WAKE 79, OT: Gani Lawal scored six in overtime for the host Yellow Jackets, who blew a 13-point lead. After a tie at 2, Georgia Tech led until 43.6 seconds were left when Jeff Teague's short jumper tied it at 72.