Rivers Stuns North Carolina, 85-84
(CHAPEL HILL, N.C) — Duke guard Austin Rivers had a game he’ll never forget on Wednesday night in North Carolina.
With just seconds remaining and his father, Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers in the stand, Rivers nailed a buzzer beating three-pointer to stun North Carolina (20-4) and give Duke (20-4) a 85-84 win.
Rivers scored a season-high 29 points but this shot was the biggest of his freshman career thus far over 7-footer Tyler Zeller.
“Obviously this is my favorite win I’ve ever had in my entire life,” Rivers said. “And it’s because we were down the whole game. The whole game, we were down. They just kept it on us — 10-point lead, 10-point lead. And then there was 3 minutes left and probably everybody thought we were going to lose, and we just kept fighting. To get a W, it’s amazing.”
Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski enjoyed watching his team fight all night long.
“They’re really good and they can knock you out,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “And we didn’t get knocked out. And as a result, we hung in there and we won the last round. I’m not sure we won the whole fight, but the last round, we did, and we won the game. But we fought the entire time. We fought a really good fight.”
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