— Carolina Basketball (@UNC_Basketball) February 21, 2019
Forward Luke Maye produced 30 points and 15 rebounds Wednesday night as eighth-ranked North Carolina won decisively on the road against an old rival, toppling the No. 1 ranked Duke Blue Devils, 88-72.
North Carolina’s Cam Johnson also enjoyed a big game with 26 points and seven rebounds at Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Duke played most of the night without star freshman Zion Williamson, who fell and suffered a knee injury only 36 seconds into the action. He did not return.
Subsequently, the Tar Heels ran solid halfcourt offensive sets and rolled behind Maye and Cam Johnson to a 10-point lead at halftime.
North Carolina outscored Duke 17-5 in the first four minutes of the second half to take a 22-point lead.
Johnson capped the streak when he hit a layup with 15:58 remaining to make it 59-37.
Duke closed to within 13 points with 2:44 remaining, when Cam Reddish hit a three.
But the Tar Heels steadied themselves and held on, breaking the Blue Devils’ nine-game winning streak.
North Carolina 21-5, 11-2
Duke 23-3, 11-2
Williamson suffered the injury on his first touch of the game. On the wing, he drove into the key and went down when the shoe on his left foot came apart. Replay showed him clutching the back of his right leg above the knee.
Coach K: “We’re very concerned about Zion. It’s a mild knee sprain. We will know about length of time tomorrow. It’s stable. Obviously it has an impact. You lose the NPOY on the 1st play.” pic.twitter.com/SCq6DBjnkJ
— Duke Basketball (@DukeMBB) February 21, 2019