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SportNo. 5 Duke edges No. 3 UNC 74-73 in ACC semifinals

06:05  16 march  2019
06:05  16 march  2019 Source:   ap.org

Florida State upends No. 2 Virginia 69-59 in ACC semifinals

Florida State upends No. 2 Virginia 69-59 in ACC semifinals CHARLOTTE, N.C. — David Nichols scored 14 points and No. 12 Florida State knocked off No. 2 Virginia 69-59 on Friday night to advance to the championship game of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.Phil Cofer had 11 points and 7-foot-3 center Christ Koumadje added nine points and nine rebounds for the Seminoles, who will play the winner of No. 3 North Carolina/No. 5 Duke on Saturday night.The Cavaliers loss comes on the same floor where they became the first No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament to lose to a 16 seed in Maryland-Baltimore County last year. It's also the same floor where Virginia lost a second-round game as a No. 2 seed to seventh-seeded Michigan State in 2015.

No . 3 UNC tops No. 4 Duke 79-70 to clinch share of ACC title. Freshman Coby White scored 21 points and third-ranked North Carolina hung on late to beat fourth-ranked Duke 79-70 on Saturday to clinch a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season championship.

In the first semifinal , North Carolina was upset 79– 73 by a Kansas team coached by Roy Williams, who would later return to Chapel Hill to take the Jim Spanarkel's Senior Day game turned into one of the strangest afternoons in ACC basketball history as Duke held Carolina scoreless for a half before

No. 5 Duke edges No. 3 UNC 74-73 in ACC semifinals© The Associated Press Duke's Zion Williamson (1) drives to the basket against North Carolina during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, March 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Zion Williamson had the go-ahead tip-in on his own miss with 30.3 seconds left and fifth-ranked Duke held off third-ranked North Carolina 74-73 on Friday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference semifinals.

Williamson had 31 points and 11 rebounds and the Blue Devils (28-5) survived a fight with their fierce rival in a classic that went down to the final play. Ultimately Duke hung on, but needed a final stop. After RJ Barrett missed two free throws with 12.4 seconds left, UNC pushed downcourt for Coby White to get a contested long jumper.

Williamson, No. 5 Duke beat No. 12 FSU 73-63 for ACC title

Williamson, No. 5 Duke beat No. 12 FSU 73-63 for ACC title Zion Williamson had 21 points to cap a dominating three-game show at the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament, helping fifth-ranked Duke beat No. 12 Florida State 73-63 on Saturday night in the championship game. RJ Barrett added 17 points and nine rebounds and the Blue Devils (29-5) took control after halftime to add to their conference-record total with their 21st tournament title. BOX SCORE: NO.

Full Game Replay: Duke 74 , North Carolina 73 . North Carolina : UNC finished with a 46-34 rebounding advantage, including 18 offensive rebounds that led to 25 second-chance points. BACKCOURT STRUGGLE Berry and preseason ACC co-player of the year Marcus Paige struggled

Duke is the No . 3 seed in the tournament for the sixth time and for the first time since 2011 when it advanced to the semifinals on penalty kicks against Overall, Duke is 3- 5 -2 as the No . 3 seed. The Blue Devils are 2-3-1 in ACC Tournament games against the Tar Heels with the most recent being a

The shot rattled around the rim and out as Nassir Little crashed the glass for a desperate tip attempt, sending Duke's bench into celebration and leaving a disappointed White crouching at midcourt.

Cameron Johnson had 23 points for the Tar Heels (27-6). They shot 40 percent and led by four in the final three minutes but couldn't hold on.

BIG PICTURE

Duke: This tournament has largely been about Williamson's return from the injury that had sidelined him for nearly six full games, and what it means for the Blue Devils going forward. He had 29 points on 13-for-13 shooting — the best performance without a miss in the event's 66-year history — in the quarterfinal win against Syracuse. Williamson had another big game, but the Blue Devils also got sparks from spot-duty reserves like Jordan Goldwire and Antonio Vrankovic while Javin DeLaurier's work on the boards kept Duke in it early as UNC was in full sprint by the opening tip. It was another sign that Duke, with Williamson back, is closer to being the version that spent a national-best seven weeks at No. 1 in the AP Top 25 this season.

Williamson has 29 points in return, No. 5 Duke rolls in ACCs

Williamson has 29 points in return, No. 5 Duke rolls in ACCs Williamson has 29 points in return, No. 5 Duke rolls in ACCs

Denver Pioneers attackman Wes Berg scores 5 goals against Duke during the 2014 NCAA tournament semifinals .

Box score: No. 11 North Carolina 74 , No. 4 Duke 69. North Carolina ran out to a 16- 3 lead to start the game, but Duke hustled back and closed within one before settling for a five -point deficit at halftime. From there it appeared the Tar Heels were poised to run away with the game. Duke wouldn't go away.

UNC: The Tar Heels had claimed their first regular-season sweep of the Blue Devils since 2009, a year that ended with Roy Williams claiming his second NCAA championship. They were trying to beat Duke three times in a season for the first time since 1976, though Williamson barely played in the first game and not at all in the second due to a knee sprain. The Tar Heels proved they're on level footing with the Blue Devils with Williamson back, but couldn't figure out a way to close it out.

UP NEXT

Duke: The Blue Devils advanced to the championship game against 12th-ranked Florida State. The Seminoles upset No. 2 Virginia in the s first semifinal.

UNC: The Tar Heels are headed to the NCAA Tournament, though it's unclear whether they've done enough to secure a No. 1 seed.

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