In a revenge game, the No. 9 North Carolina men’s basketball team lost a double-digit lead in the second half to fall to No. 5 Duke 74-64.
Through the first half, neither team played their best basketball, but it was the Tar Heels who held a lead.
After five lead changes and five ties in the first 20 minutes, the Blue Devils shot 31.3 percent from the field and the Tar Heels, not much better, were just ahead at 38.2 percent.
The Tar Heels entered halftime with a 10-point lead over Duke — and held Marvin Bagley III, Duke’s leading scorer, to just three points. Senior guard Grayson Allen led the Blue Devils with seven points, while Cameron Johnson, who had a memorable performance during his first Duke game as a Tar Heel, led the Tar Heels with 10 points of his own.
As is the case with most games in the rivalry, though, the second half proved to be most important.