UNC students and local residents ran to Franklin Street to celebrate the Tar Heels' 82-78 victory over Duke. People rushed out of Top of the Hill Distillery, residences and the Smith Center to be the first to the center of Chapel Hill.
Franklin Street filled with crowds chanting “Go to hell Duke,” burning furniture, students jumping over bonfires and fireworks exploding overhead. In the midst of the crowds, first-year R.J. King said he was surprised that UNC won the game.
“This is my very first Duke game so this feels incredible,” he said. “I feel like I’ve peaked in sports.”
While some UNC students experienced their first Tar Heel victory, senior Megan Hoolahan was nostalgic about her university experience.
“It’s absolutely amazing, honestly," she said. "I was a little bit nervous going into it, but this is so incredible after going into my senior year and winning this game and coming out on top.”