Zion, Duke beat rival North Carolina to advance to ACC Final

Florida State upends No. 2 Virginia 69-59 in ACC semifinals

A potential game-winner for Coby White, a pull-up jumper with just seconds left, rimmed out, and a putback attempt by Little didn't fall, handing UNC its first loss to Duke since March 3 of previous year. But then no one had more bounce than Williamson, who was able to elevate above everyone for the put-back to give Duke a one-point lead with 31 seconds remaining that it would hold for the remainder of the game. Williamson had another big game, but the Blue Devils also got sparks from spot-duty reserves like Jordan Goldwire and Antonio Vrankovic while Javin DeLaurier's work on the boards kept Duke in it early as UNC was in full sprint by the opening tip.

The closest the Cavaliers came in the final minutes was within 65-59, but Kabengele made both ends of a one-and-one, and Terance Mann punctuated the triumph with a two-handed dunk, giving Florida State a crack at its first ACC tournament championship since 2012.

North Carolina (27-6) certainly had its chances to win even with Williamson on the court, an opportunity to upend its most hated rival for the third time this season, and a chance to erase the cloud that lingered over its first two victories. "I watched my brothers out there battling and I wished I could go to war with them but it was very exciting to get out there and play". "The rivalry lived up to what it was expected to be".

"It's such a blend of strength and power and quickness that we couldn't stop him getting the ball inside and going to the basket", Williams said. Little reached behind him to box out the future No. 1 overall pick, but Williamson had stepped inside to the center of the lane for the rebound and a quick put-back on what would be the game victor.

The halftime score in the semifinal game at Reynolds Coliseum had everyone's attention: Duke 7, UNC 5.

But Duke's defense off the missed free throw made that impossible for freshman guard Coby White, who put up UNC's 27 three-point attempt on Friday night and found it unsuccessful like 22 others.

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Rick Fox, the tournament MVP, had 25 points as the Tar Heels blew out the Blue Devils in the title game. Three weeks later, he sat out the regular-season finale in Chapel Hill, and again the Heels dominated.

But Carolina has felt a measure of disrespect, something that was surely compounded in the immediate aftermath of the game that would have settled any debate.

"I'd have bet $1,000 right there that shot was going in", he said, "but it didn't". "So our season's not over".

Jerome's personal misfortunes continued in the same building, Spectrum Center, where Virginia last season became the first No. 1 seed in NCAA tournament history to lose to a No. 16 seed following a stunning upset by Maryland-Baltimore County, 74-54. It's also the same floor where Virginia lost a second-round game as a No. 2 seed to seventh-seeded Michigan State in 2015.

The Seminoles are one of the hottest teams in the country, having won 14 of 15 games with the only loss during that stretch coming at North Carolina. "It was all heart, fight and how much we wanted it".

Both teams will advance to the NCAA Tournament, which begins next week.

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