Duke guards carry Blue Devils to OT win

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Quinn Cook (left) and Tyus Jones combined for 44 points and 11 assists against North Carolina.The Duke Blue Devils rallied from a late 10-point deficit to finish on a 25-13 run and defeat the North Carolina Tar Heels in overtime. Tyus Jones led the way for the Blue Devils, scoring their final nine points in regulation.

It was the first overtime game between the two rivals since 2004. The Blue Devils have now won three straight overtime games between the two teams with UNC's last OT win coming in 1995.

Duke and UNC have each won 44 of the last 88 meetings overall. It was the 73rd meeting between the two teams when they're both ranked; Duke has won 37 of those games.

Backcourt battle

Jones is the first Duke player with at least 22 points and eight assists against North Carolina since Jay Williams in March 2001. He's also the first Duke player to register 22 points, eight assists and seven rebounds against North Carolina since assists became official stats in 1983-84.

Starting backcourt comparison

Duke dominated the backcourt battle in Wednesday's game. The Duke starting backcourt of Jones and Quinn Cook outscored UNC's starting backcourt of Marcus Paige and Justin Jackson 44-7.

UNC's starting backcourt shot 3-of-19 and didn't get to the free throw line at all. Duke's starting backcourt shot 8-of-14 on 3-pointers, compared to 1-for-5 for UNC.

Including each team's starters and bench players, Duke's guards outscored UNC's guards 51-21.

Okafor hangs tough

Despite leaving the game briefly late in the first half with an ankle injury, Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor notched his 10th double-double of the season, second to only UCLA's Kevon Looney among freshmen.

Double-double in 1st Duke-UNC game
Last 15 seasons

Okafor is only the third player in the past 15 seasons to post a double-double in his first Duke-North Carolina game. The previous two were also Duke players -- Jabari Parker last season and Luol Deng in 2004. Both of those players left after their freshman season. Deng was the No. 7 pick in the NBA draft and Parker was No. 2.

Duke won despite being outscored 62-40 in the paint, the most paint points Duke has allowed in a game in the past four seasons.