Tar Heels sweep past Duke

first_imgGreg Paulus had 21 points before fouling out, and Henderson finished with 16 for the Blue Devils (22-9, 8-8). Ty Lawson scored 12 points and Brandan Wright finished with 10 for the Tar Heels, who took control early with a hot start in front of a fired-up Senior Day crowd, dodged Duke’s second-half rally and pulled away for their fourth win in their last five meetings with the Blue Devils. Some of the luster had dimmed on this fierce rivalry after a spate of uncharacteristic losses by both teams. North Carolina, which was coming off consecutive road losses to Maryland and Georgia Tech, avoided its first three-game losing streak since 2003. Duke, meanwhile, already was assured of its first non-winning ACC finish since also going 8-8 in 1996. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Hansbrough had 26 points and 17 rebounds before suffering an injury that looked worse than it really was in the closing seconds of the No. 8 Tar Heels’ 86-72 win over 14th-ranked Duke on Sunday. It clinched the top seed in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. Terry added 15 points in his final home game for the Tar Heels (25-6, 11-5), who swept the regular-season series with the Blue Devils for the first time in 11 years, avoided their first three-game slide under Roy Williams and gave the coach his 100th victory at his alma mater. But perhaps the lasting image of the intense rivalry is Hansbrough’s bloodied face, a scary-looking picture that evoked memories of center Eric Montross’ bleeding, shaven head after he took an elbow in 1992. The latest injury came with 14.5 seconds left, when Hansbrough went for a layup. After the ball left his hand, he was struck in the face by Gerald Henderson’s right elbow. “He got our guys in the air, and I came down on him,” Henderson said. “It’s unfortunate that it turned out like it did, but I wasn’t trying to hurt the kid or anything. It just turned worse than it was.” Hansbrough crumpled to the ground before he jumped to his feet menacingly and had to be restrained from Duke’s players while he was taken to the locker room. The officials reviewed the play and ejected Henderson, then later said in a joint statement that under NCAA rules he would be suspended for one game. After the game, Hansbrough had cotton in his nose while he watched his teammates cut down the Dean Smith Center nets and Williams said team doctors told him the center’s nose was not broken. Hansbrough did not speak to reporters after the game, but point guard Bobby Frasor said the player nicknamed “Psycho T” for his relentless focus had calmed down and was laughing about the near-confrontation. “He said, `Did you see me get up?’ ” Frasor said. center_img CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Blood ran from his nose and onto his lip, chin and the court. The latest bruised face of one of college basketball’s nastiest rivalry belongs to North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough. “Just a little bump and bruise,” teammate Reyshawn Terry said. “Nothing that a little ice can’t handle.” last_img