CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP/WNCN) — Students and other Tar Heel fans flooded Franklin Street in Chapel Hill Saturday night after UNC defeated Duke in the second match between the bitter rivals this season.
Joel Berry II scored 28 points – including a critical late-game burst of seven straight for his team – to help No. 5 North Carolina hold off No. 17 Duke 90-83 on Saturday night.
Minutes after the win, images showed many people running onto Franklin Street and gathering near the Top of the Hill restaurant.
Early Sunday, Chapel Hill officials said downtown areas of Franklin Street and Columbia Street were closed to traffic just after UNC’s win over Duke.
By 11:45 p.m., the streets were cleared of people and reopened to traffic at 12:20 a.m. after the streets were cleaned by work crews, town officials said.
No arrests were made while the streets were closed.
Isaiah Hicks added 21 points for the Tar Heels, who battled through a nearly shot-for-shot fight with their fiercest rival to finish unbeaten at home.
The game featured 24 lead changes and 14 ties before UNC (26-6, 14-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) finally pushed ahead for good in the final six minutes, with its final margin the biggest lead for either team all night.
Berry shot 9 of 14 and made all five of his 3-pointers to offset a tougher shooting night for leading scorer and ACC player of the year candidate Justin Jackson.
Luke Kennard, another league player of the year contender, finished with 28 points to lead the Blue Devils (23-8, 11-7).