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Duke led 39-38 at halftime behind 15 points from Singler, who repeatedly found himself open on the perimeter as the Blue Devils penetrated and kicked out for open looks. But they didn't fare much better defensively than the Tar Heels, with both teams shooting 56 percent in the opening 20 minutes.
In the second half, however, only the Tar Heels were able to continue that kind of efficiency. The Blue Devils shot just 32 percent in the second half, though much of that came as they missed plenty of open looks that they knocked down in earlier in the game. That was particularly true for Singler, who shot just 2-for-10 after halftime.
The game drew its share of Tar Heel celebrities amid the rowdy capacity crowd. Michael Jordan -- the managing partner of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats -- arrived with head coach Larry Brown and current players Raymond Felton and Sean May. In addition, former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards attended with his wife, Elizabeth.
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