Tobacco Road Showdown | Lively's huge night helps Blue Devils beat Tar Heels 63-57

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Duke's Jon Scheyer speaks after the Blue Devils' victory
Full news conference: Duke's Jon Scheyer speaks after the Blue Devils' victory against rival UNC


Jeremy Roach scored 20 points, Dereck Lively II had career highs of eight blocks and 14 rebounds and Duke defeated North Carolina 63-57 on Saturday night.

Kyle Filipowski added 14 points and Tyrese Proctor 11 for the Blue Devils (17-6, 8-4 ACC), who won their third straight and beat the Tar Heels (15-8, 7-5) for the first time in three meetings, including in last year's Final Four in the NCAA tournament.

UNC fans disappointed by 63-57 loss against Blue Devils

Derek Lively II had 8 blocks to go along with 14 rebounds and 2 huge jams to help new head coach Jon Scheyer win his first career matchup against rival UNC.

North Carolina's Armando Bacot had 14 points and 10 rebounds for his 63rd career double-double, extending his own program record, Leaky Black had 13 points and 10 rebounds, Caleb Love added 12 points and RJ Davis 11.

Duke guard Jeremy Roach dribbles against UNC's Seth Trimble on Saturday in Durham.
Jacob Kupferman

Roach scored eight of Duke's final 10 points, including the last four after Lively's tiebreaking dunk with 1:35 to go. North Carolina missed its last five shots, including a trio of 3-point tries in the final minute.

The Blue Devils' six-point winning margin matched their largest lead.

Tyrese Proctor and the Blue Devils gave coach Jon Scheyer a win in his debut of the UNC-Duke rivalry.
Jacob Kupferman

Neither team reached 40% shooting but Duke outscored North Carolina 20-2 off fast breaks and was 11 of 15 at the free-throw line to only 2 of 3 for the Tar Heels.

The stat sheet was fairly even at halftime when Duke led 33-32 except for one telling stat, a 16-0 advantage for the Blue Devils on fast-break points as they scored repeatedly off transition.

A 14-5 run erased a seven-point North Carolina lead - the Tar Heels' largest - and put Duke in front 26-24 with just under four minutes left in the half. A Proctor 3-pointer broke the fourth tie before Bacot cut it to the one-point margin at the break. Bacot had 12 points in the first half. Roach had 10.

WATCH: Duke coach Jon Scheyer speaks after big win

Full news conference: Duke's Jon Scheyer speaks after the Blue Devils' victory against rival UNC

WATCH: UNC coach Hubert Davis speaks after loss to rival

Full news conference: UNC coach Hubert Davis speaks after his team's loss at Duke.

The game matched two men who played in this rivalry and are now leading the programs they played for: first-year Duke coach Jon Scheyer and Hubert Davis, in his second year for North Carolina.

The teams will meet again in their regular-season finale at Chapel Hill on March 4. Duke plays at No. 23 Miami on Monday. North Carolina is at Wake Forest on Tuesday.

-- The Associated Press contributed.


FINAL: Duke 63, UNC 57.

8:38 p.m.: Roach makes two free throws and it's 63-57 Duke. Love misses a three and that will do it.

8:37 p.m.: Nance misses the 3. Roach rebounds and is fouled. 9.4 seconds left and Cameron is rocking. 61-57 Duke.

8:35 p.m.: Roach drives and scores. He has a game-high 18. Duke by 4. There are 20.9 seconds left and Hubert wants a time out.

8:31 p.m.: Black looks nervous as he badly misses a corner 3 that would have given the Heels the lead. At the other end, Duke rebounds its miss and calls time out. 35 seconds left with Duke still by up 2.

8:30 p.m.: Lively is playing out of his mind! A huge rebound and a huge put-back dunk to blow the lid off Cameron and give Duke a 59-57 lead with 1:45 left. He's got 8 blocks and 14 rebounds. UNC takes a time out.

8:25 p..m.: 3 minutes left. Filipowski back in for Duke. The game isn't elegant, often disjointed by both teams. Someone's going to win ugly. But a win's a win.

8:19 p.m.: Under 5 minutes. Who will take control? Roach, the floor leader for Duke drives and floats one in as he gets fouled. He can't finish off the free throw, though. Lively rejects Love's dunk attempt at the other end and Filipowski, who also jumped to defend, went down hard. He's up and so is Duke, 57-55 with 4:05 left.

8:16 p.m.: Filipowski makes two free throws. He has 14 points. Duke can't take control though. Black nails a three for the Heels to tie it at 53. A Roach jumper and Duke is back up by 2. Love hits a reverse layup and it's tied again. Just no separating these two rivals.

8:07 p.m.: Back and forth they go. A tough jumper in the lane by Jeremy Roach gives Duke a 49-47 lead. Lively blocks his 7th shot of the game. RJ Davis cans a 3 and the Heels are up by 1 with under 9 minutes left. Lively's first points of the night come on a dunk and now Duke has the lead.

8 p.m.: Caleb Love sinks a jumper and just like that, the Heels are back in front, 45-44. There's 11:05 left in the game, Feels like it's going down to the wire.

7:57 p.m.: Caleb Love hits a 3 and UNC gets a defensive stop. Feels like the Heels are steadying their legs. A Bacot dunk and it's 44-43 Duke with 12:17 left.

7:55 p.m.: Duke up by 6. Can the Tar Heels respond? Bacot tries to but is rejected by Lively. Then Bacot throws the ball away in the mad scramble afterward. Duke can't capitalize and Leaky Black makes a much-needed 3 for UNC to cut the lead to three.

7:50 p.m.: UNC's shot selection seems rushed and questionable. Three straight possessions with no points. Duke taking advantage to build its biggest lead, 39-35.

7:44 p.m. The second half is underway.

7:40 p.m. Just a reminder that you can watch post-game news conferences with the coaches right here. We'll be streaming live after the game.

7:25 p.m. Duke coach John Scheyer tells ESPN at halftime that he "loves" what his young players are doing and how they've settled in after a tentative start. Scheyer said Derek Lively is "battling" out there. He had 4 blocks to go with 4 defensive rebounds in the first half.

7:22 p.m. Halftime: Duke, 33, UNC 32.

7:12 p.m.: Both teams getting a little sloppy but a long miss by the Heels gives Duke a fast break. Jeremy Roach converts at the other end and gets fouled. Fans really into it now as Duke takes its first lead, 25-24. with just under 4 minutes to play in the half. Roach converts the FT and Duke leads 26-24. A Leaky Black bucket ties the game again at 26 and we've got a good one brewing.

7:05 p.m.: UNC drains what little momentum Duke built with a Caleb Love bucket, good defense that forced a shot clock violation and a Puff Johnson 3 that puts the Heels back up 24-17. Seven minutes left in the half.

6:59 p.m.: The Blue Devils get a bit of a spark with Derek Lively's fourth block of the game leading to a bucket and foul at the other end. Jacob Grandison makes the free throw to complete the 3-point play and Duke is back within two at 19-17.

6:50 p.m.: UNC is attacking well in the paint. Armando Bacot is having his way down low. His back-to-back buckets put the Heels up 15-11 with 10:41 left.

The Tar Heels jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead before Jeremy Roach's 3-pointer cut it to two and freshman star Kyle Filipowski made a layup to tie it at 7 before the first time out of the game.

In Durham and in Chapel Hill, fans and students geared up for a big night of basketball and bragging rights.


Gov. Roy Cooper was among the luminaries on-hand as spectators filed in for the first meeting between arch-rivals North Carolina and Duke since their epic Final Four showdown that ended the Mike Krzyzewski era.

The Tar Heels and Blue Devils tipped off at 6:30 p.m. at Cameron Indoor Stadium

The Cameron Crazies get fired up before the UNC-Duke game Saturday,
Jacob Kupferman


The Blue Devils are 11-0 in home games. Duke averages 72.9 points and has outscored opponents by 9.2 points per game.

The Tar Heels are 7-4 against ACC opponents. North Carolina is the ACC leader with 27.0 defensive rebounds per game led by Armando Bacot averaging 7.0.

The matchup Saturday is a rare meeting of the two rivals where neither is ranked in the Top 25. The teams come in with nearly identical records Duke is 16-6, 7-4 ACC and UNC, which was ranked No. 1 to open the season, is 15-7 7-4 ACC.

Both teams have been plagued by inconsistency but both know a win in this classic rivalry would go a long way toward gearing up for another NCAA tournament run.


For the Blue Devils, freshman Kyle Filipowski is averaging 15.8 points and 9.5 rebounds for the Blue Devils. Jeremy Roach is averaging 9.7 points over the last 10 games.

For the Tar Heels, RJ Davis is averaging 16 points and 3.1 assists. Armando Bacot is averaging 16.4 points over the last 10 games.


Blue Devils: 6-4, averaging 72.6 points, 34.9 rebounds, 15.2 assists, 4.7 steals and 4.6 blocks per game while shooting 44.3% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 69.7 points per game.

Tar Heels: 7-3, averaging 74.9 points, 34.6 rebounds, 11.8 assists, 6.1 steals and 3.2 blocks per game while shooting 43.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 68.5 points.

This will be the first meeting between the two rivals without a coach named Mike Krzyzewski, Roy Williams or Dean Smith on the sideline since 1957. It will be the first coaching battle between the new leaders of each program Hubert Davis and Jon Scheyer.

"I am incredibly grateful and so thankful for this opportunity."

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