CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Tre Jones got Duke to overtime, and Wendell Moore Jr. finished off North Carolina.
They did it with a pair of plays sure to live on in replays and the lore of the fierce rivalry, too.
Jones hit a jumper at the horn to force the extra period, then Moore scored on a putback of Jones' air-balled jumper as time expired in OT to help the No. 7 Blue Devils top the Tar Heels 98-96 in a wild renewal of the longtime series Saturday night.
“There’s really nothing to put into words,” Jones said with a laugh. “I’m still trying to wrap my head around what happened.”
So was everyone else in the Smith Center.
“What happened in the game, it's just unreal,” UNC freshman Cole Anthony said.
Duke (20-3, 10-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) rallied from 13 down in the final 4 1/2 minutes of regulation on Jones' contested shot after he ran down a long rebound on his own intentionally missed free throw. Then the Blue Devils had to rally from five down in the final 20.9 seconds after the Tar Heels had seemingly steadied themselves after looking staggered following Jones' jumper.
Jones hit a free throw to tie it with 6.6 seconds left in OT only to miss the second, but Moore tapped the rebound beyond the 3-point arc to be recovered by teammate Jordan Goldwire. Jones got the ball and drove to launch an off-balance shot off one foot and missed everything, but Moore flew in behind Christian Keeling to snatch the ball near the left side of the rim and put it right back in.