The Duke basketball team left Chapel Hill with an unforgettable victory after the Blue Devils hit a buzzer beater at the end of regulation and at the end of overtime to defeat North Carolina.
An instant classic for one fan base and a heartbreaking loss for the other.
Luckily for the Blue Devils and its fans they were right side of yet another buzzer beater involving Duke and North Carolina.
More from Ball Durham
- Duke basketball: ‘Right hand’ of RJ Barrett pours salt on woundabout 10 hours ago
- Duke basketball: Until hunger returns, Blue Devils are overratedabout 24 hours ago
- Duke basketball: Now is not the time for Blue Devil fans to panic2 days ago
- Three definite positives from Duke basketball’s absurd loss at Wake Forest2 days ago
- Duke laughably chokes away game, loses to Wake Forest in 2OT3 days ago
Tre Jones sent the game into overtime after an intentional missed free throw and he was able to corral his rebound and drill a midrange jumper as the clock expired.
Jones continued his roll right into overtime but after he gave Duke a five point lead, North Carolina responded to lead by five points with under 20 seconds to go.
The sophomore from Apple Valley, Minnesota continued to will Duke back in the game, but he needed some help from the Charlotte native Wendell Moore.
Tre Jones found Moore cutting to the basket to cut the North Carolina lead down to one and then the freshman was able to force a Tar Heel inbound pass to go out of bounds off Andrew Platek for Duke to regain possession.
Jones then inbound to Moore who gave it right back to the point guard as Tre Jones got to the line for two shots but after making the first and missing the second, Moore tipped the rebound back out to the perimeter, Jones threw up an airball but no one boxed out Moore as he crashed the glass and threw up the miss at the rim and got it to go as Duke prevailed, 98-96 in overtime.
Duke shot 34-of-80 (42.5 percent) from the field and 4-of-18 (22.2 percent) from 3-point range while needing all of its 26-of-34 (76.5 percent) from the free throw line.
The Blue Devils were out rebounded 51-42 by North Carolina on Saturday night but the Duke defense was able to force 18 turnovers, 12 coming via steals, in the 45 minute slugfest.
It was an incredible game, one that will be talked about for decades and these teams still can meet at least one more time this season in Cameron Indoor Stadium.