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|Sunday, 08 March 2009 12:42|
Ty Lawson added 13 points and several key plays late for the Tar Heels (27-3, 13-3), who earned the top seed for next week's league tournament in Atlanta. North Carolina shot 53 percent for the game and led most of the second half for its sixth win in seven meetings with Duke.
Jon Scheyer scored 24 points for the Blue Devils (25-6, 11-5), while Kyle Singler added 23. But Duke never could overtake the Tar Heels in the second half as they sought to clinch at least a share of the ACC's regular-season crown.
North Carolina earned a season sweep of the Blue Devils for just the second time in the past 13 years. The Tar Heels also won the ACC outright for the third time in five seasons.
No. 8 Michigan St. 62, No. 19 Purdue 51
The Spartans (25-5, 15-3) already had clinched the outright conference title. They scored nine straight points early in the second half to break open a tight game, and pushed the lead to as many as 14 in the second half.
JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore each scored 12 points for Purdue (22-9, 11-7), which dropped to the third seed in the conference tournament behind Michigan State and Illinois.
No. 24 Florida State 63, Virginia Tech 53
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Toney Douglas scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half, helping give the Seminoles their first opening-round bye in the ACC tournament.
Douglas, the top scorer in conference play at more than 23 points per game, scored a dozen points in just over four minutes after the Hokies pulled within 45-42.
Florida State (23-8, 10-6) led 32-25 after a ragged first half in which the two teams combined for 23 turnovers and the Hokies shot just 24 percent.
A.D. Vassallo scored 14 points to lead Virginia Tech (17-13, 7-9).