Sunday, March 7, 2010

TAR HEELS’ UGLY SEASON ENDS WITH UGLIEST LOSS

NO. 4 DUKE 82, NORTH CAROLINA 50 – The three previous times Jon “Crazy Face” Scheyer, Lance “Whatever Happened to Clarence” Thomas and Brian “Zzzzzzz” Zoubek faced their arch rival on their home court, North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough and his trio of bound-for-the-NBA buddies dealt them a loss. Last night was the last chance for those seniors to score a win over the Heels at Cameron Indoor Stadium and to sweep the famous Tobacco Road series for the first time since 2004.

They did both.

Emphatically.

Kyle “Twilight” Singler scored 19 of his 25 points in the decisive first half and No. 4 Duke routed their rival.

Jon “Crazy Face” Scheyer had 20 points in his final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium for the Blue Devils (26-5, 13-3), who earned their most lopsided home win over their fiercest rival.
They shot nearly 46 percent - 51 percent in a dominant first half - and made eight 3-pointers in beating North Carolina at home for the first time since 2005. Duke clinched a share of its 12th Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title and wrapped up the No. 1 seed in next week's league tournament.

Freshman John Henson matched a season high with 14 points for the Tar Heels (16-15, 5-11). They endured their worst loss in seven years and had their lowest point total under coach Roy Williams.

Nolan Smith scored 20 points and Brian Zoubek added 13 rebounds for the Blue Devils. They took command with an early 31-8 run, led by 30 in the first half and showed no mercy in polishing off their first sweep of North Carolina since 2004.

Thompson finished with 11 points for the Tar Heels, who were serenaded by chants of "NIT" throughout and played without freshman guard Leslie McDonald after team officials said he strained his right hamstring during Friday's practice.

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