Marvin Bagley III had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Blue Devils.
Derek Ryan had the goal for Carolina, which has lost four of five.
North Carolina never got closer than eight points in the final eight minutes.
Lacrosse season is closing in fast and Duke’s been tabbed preseason number one by a pair of national publications.
Jaccob Slavin scored for the Hurricanes late in the first period on a power play.
The Hurricanes shot 60 percent after halftime while committing just 10 turnovers.
Justin Williams gave Carolina a two-goal cushion with 1:58 left.
Rookie Marvin Bagley III added 20 points for the Blue Devils
Joel Berry II and Cameron Johnson finished with 16 points apiece.
Omer Yurtseven scored 22 points and N.C. State beat the Demon Deacons 72-63 on Thursday night.