North Carolina's Theo Pinson controls the ball while Duke's Trevon Duval reaches in during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina went from looking a step slow and struggling to keep Duke's touted freshmen off the boards to roaring out of halftime with an aggressive edge on the way to a rousing win.
Joel Berry II scored 21 points and UNC hung on late to beat the ninth-ranked Blue Devils 82-78 on Thursday night, capping an emotional performance that included a comeback from a dozen down in the first half.
The Tar Heels (18-7, 7-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) had recently emerged from their first three-game losing streak in four years by beating the only team (Pittsburgh) yet to win a league game.
And that helped the Tar Heels reverse a first-half rebounding struggle against Duke's bigger front line of Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter Jr., and dominate the glass after halftime.
Duke: The Blue Devils were coming off Saturday's loss to a St. John's team that was 0-11 in the Big East — the Red Storm stunningly followed that with a road upset of No.
Berry overcame a 7-for-20 shooting day and finished with six assists, four rebounds and two steals in his matchup with touted freshman point guard Trevon Duval.
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