No. 4 Duke controls North Carolina, 90-76

Battier's 30 include 6-for-9 on 3-point shots

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March 05, 2000|By Sam Borden | Sam Borden,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

It wasn't as classic as previous North Carolina-Duke clashes, but Blue Devils Shane Battier and Chris Carrawell couldn't care less.

In his final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium, Carrawell overcame emotion for 21 points and seven rebounds but was upstaged by junior Battier, who scored 30 points to lead the No. 4 Blue Devils to a 90-76 victory in Durham, N.C.

"Shane was unbelievable and he carried us out there," Carrawell said. "I'm so thankful that the guys wouldn't let me lose today."

Losing was never really an option for the Devils (24-4, 15-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) as the Tar Heels (18-12, 9-7) consistently lost track of Battier on the perimeter. Left open, Battier made 6-for-9 three-point attempts, never letting North Carolina close in the second half.

Julius Peppers' layup cut the lead to 11 with just under 14 minutes left, but it was as close as the Tar Heels got as Duke swept the season series for just the fourth time in 36 years.

"After I hit a couple [three-pointers], I thought they would find me a little more on defense," Battier said. "It was an emotional roller coaster for us with Chris playing his last game, but we did a great job moving the ball all game."

Carrawell, honored in a pre-game ceremony, sparked the Blue Devils in the first half as Duke started with an 8-0 run. With UNC point guard Ed Cota out for eight minutes because of an eye injury, the Tar Heels were helpless against Duke's full-court pressure and went to the locker room with 16 first-half turnovers and a 15-point deficit.

"We were going to pressure them with or without Cota in there," said Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. "I think the injury to him hurt them, but our effort was outstanding. That's all I asked them to do today, and they exceeded what I asked of them."

Georgia Tech 85, Clemson 69: Jason Collier scored 24 points, Jason Floyd added 23 and the Yellow Jackets (13-16, 5-11) took control with a 20-0 run in the first half for a convincing victory at home, giving coach Bobby Cremins a fitting send-off after 19 years as coach.

When the horn sounded, Cremins ran to the center of the court, pumped his fists and blew kisses to the cheering fans at Alexander Memorial Coliseum. But, clearly uncomfortable with all the adulation, he abruptly sprinted off the court, nearly knocking over a cameraman as he departed.

Cremins didn't want the school to do anything special for his final game in Atlanta, but many fans came dressed in the coach's trademark outfit from his glory days in the late '80s and early '90s: navy blazer, light blue shirt and yellow tie. Some even donned wigs and mops to duplicate Cremins disheveled gray hair.

"It's all been overwhelming. It's too much," said Cremins. "But there comes a time when it's time to step aside, go to the next step. I'm looking forward to that."

During the pregame introductions, Cremins told the public address announcer to "cut it off" when he began reeling off the coach's accomplishments: winningest coach in Tech history, third-most victories in ACC history, 10 trips to the NCAA tournament, four ACC titles and the only Final Four in school history.

All that at a program that went 4-23 the season before Cremins came from Appalachian State.

"I told the players we're going to stay together until the bitter end," Cremins said. "After that, you won't be able to find me."

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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