CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Marcus Paige turned in yet another big second-half performance for North Carolina.
This time it was good enough to help the Tar Heels beat No. 5 Duke in the rivalry’s weather-delayed game.
Paige scored all 13 of his points in the second half, including two big baskets in the final 2 1/2 minutes, to help the Tar Heels beat the Blue Devils 74-66 for their eighth straight win.
Senior Leslie McDonald added a season-high 21 points for the Tar Heels (19-7, 9-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who rallied from 11 down in the second half to snap a two-game home losing streak to the Blue Devils (21-6, 10-4).
When it was over, UNC students and fans stormed to midcourt to celebrate a win that was came eight days later than they had hoped due to a winter storm that forced the game’s postponement last week.
The Tar Heels shot 47 percent and even made their last 10 free throws in the final 6 minutes after a disastrous start at the line, providing a rousing finish befitting the long-running rivalry.
No. 21 CONNECTICUT 68, TEMPLE 55: In Philadelphia, Shabazz Napier had 17 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists as the Huskies (21-5, 9-4 American Athletic Conference) denied the Owls (7-18, 2-11) their second straight upset over a nationally ranked team.
Quenton DeCosey scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half for Temple.
No. 22 MEMPHIS 64, RUTGERS 59: In Piscataway, N.J., Michael Dixon Jr. scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half as the Tigers (20-6, 9-4 American Athletic) led from start to finish.
Kadeem Jack had 18 of his 22 points in the second half and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Scarlet Knights (10-17, 4-10), while Myles Mack and Malick Kone had 10 points apiece.
NEBRASKA 80, PENN STATE 67: In Lincoln, Neb., Terran Petteway scored 26 points to lead five Cornhuskers (15-10, 7-6 Big Ten) in double figures in their fourth straight conference win, the first time that has happened since 1998-99.
D.J. Newbill and Tim Frazier scored 17 points each for the Nittany Lions (13-14, 4-10), who have lost four of their last five after winning three straight.
GREEN BAY 67, VALPARAISO 53: In Green Bay, Wis., Keifer Sykes scored 19 points to help the Phoenix (22-5, 12-2) clinch a share of the Horizon League title.
Alec Peters and Jubril Adekoya had 11 points apiece for the Crusaders (16-12, 8-5), who went 5 of 7 from the foul line.