The freshman took advantage, burying a shot that will live on in the lore of this fierce rivalry.
Rivers hit a three-pointer at the horn to give No. 9 Duke an 85-84 win over No. 5 North Carolina on Wednesday night, snapping the Tar Heels' school-record 31-game home winning streak.
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Rivers scored a season-high 29 points and hit six threes, the last over 7-footer Tyler Zeller with the Blue Devils (20-4, 7-2) trailing by two in the final seconds. The ball swished through the net, sending Rivers running down the court in celebration while the rest of his teammates gave chase before mobbing him in front of a stunned UNC crowd.
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Rivers' three also sent his father, Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, into jubilant celebration from the stands. And it capped a wild rally for the Blue Devils from 10 down in the final 2½ minutes.
"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 three minutes left and probably everybody thought we were going to lose, and we just kept fighting. To get a W, it's amazing."