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Tar Heels amp up 3-point production entering Duke game

11 February 2017

"We've had more interruptions than six teams", Coach Mike Krzyzewski said. A big takeaway from the first half was that Duke and UNC were tied with 14 rebounds which came as a surprise to most. Amile Jefferson set a screen, and with Kennedy Meeks late to close in on Allen, the Duke star pulled up and buried a 3-pointer from the wing, his final one of the night and a make that served as a crucial dagger that put Duke in control for the final minute. Jayson Tatum also had his best game as a member of the Blue Devils, scoring 19 points (all in the second half) with nine rebounds and five assists.

Steven Haney scored 12 points and Brandon Brown and Buay Tuach each had 11 points for Loyola Marymount (11-13, 4-9), which trailed 50-28 at halftime and was outscored 40-32 in the second half.

Through much of the second half, UNC was rolling.

The Duke Blue Devils and North Carolina Tar Heels gave us another great chapter in this historic rivalry. It wasn't that, and it wasn't a case of a blown lead, it was a case of Duke punching back and winning the game. "But throughout the course of the game, I wouldn't say we take many bad 3s". I saw Redick and remembered the way he used to face a lot of real hate, including fans bringing signs with erroneous gay slurs directed at him. That was on display on Thursday night. The Tar Heels (21-4, 9-2 ACC) are averaging almost 7.6 made 3s and 20.2 attempts, slightly more than the previous highs under Williams when UNC turned to a four-guard lineup for much of the 2012-13 season.

Tatum's slam shook the Tar Heels out of their funk, though.

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"We're starting to make more reads, we're starting to play together more", Allen said. "He knows that, he did a good job of responding".

The Blue Devils caught fire from behind the three-point line, making 13 of their 27 three-point attempts. The 2016 meeting between the Blue Devils and the Cardinals was a battle of unbeaten top-10 teams, with Duke earning a 2-1 victory in Louisville.

Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams will have some time with his team to break down Thursday's loss before it steps on the court again next Wednesday against North Carolina State.

After losing three of four, Duke has won four in a row, a streak that has coincided with the best stretch of Allen's season. Duke will need to limit turnovers and mistakes against the Tar Heels, who will be looking to take advantage of Duke's mental errors.

"That was one of our main focuses throughout the game, (on the) scouting report, everything", Luke Kennard said, smiling bigger after hearing his team won the statistical category than he did at any other point in postgame interviews. "Especially with his height, quickness and skill level, he really has a good matchup every game".