On This Date in Carolina Basketball
March 3, 1984
Carolina-- 96 Duke-83 (2 OT)
By Rick Brewer, Sports Information Director Emeritus
Matt Doherty tied the game with one second left in regulation and North Carolina went on to a 96-83 double-overtime win over Duke at Carmichael Auditorium.
The victory gave the Tar Heels a perfect 14-0 regular season record in ACC play. Carolina improved its overall mark to 26-1. Duke fell to 22-8 and 7-7 in the conference standings.
Neither team had more than a five-point advantage throughout regulation. Mark Alarie's three-point play had given the Blue Devils a 73-71 lead with 20 seconds left. Danny Meagher missed the front end of a one-and-one with nine seconds remaining that might have sealed the win for Duke.
Doherty, playing his final home game on Senior Day, then hit a 12-foot jumper from the left of the lane to force overtime.
The first extra period ended 79-79 when Duke's Johnny Dawkins drove for on a layup with just eight seconds on the clock.
A three-point play by Michael Jordan gave the Tar Heels a quick lead in the second overtime. Sam Perkins followed with six straight points and the Blue Devils could not recover.
In addition to Doherty, this was also the last game in Carmichael for fellow seniors Cecil Exum and Perkins. It would also prove to be the final Carmichael appearance for Jordan. After the season he decided to make himself eligible for the NBA draft.
Perkins and Jordan each scored 25 points for Carolina. Brad Daugherty had 16 and Doherty finished with 12. Perkins grabbed 12 rebounds and Steve Hale had a career-high 13 assists.
Alarie was sensational for Duke with 28 points. Dawkins had 25, but committed nine turnovers.
Carolina had a 41-40 halftime lead despite Alarie's 15 points in the first 20 minutes. Perkins had 12 and Daugherty had 10 for the Tar Heels at intermission.
Perkins hit eight of 10 shots from the floor in the game, while playing 46 minutes. He made nine of 11 free throws. Jordan hit seven of nine field goal attempts after halftime and finished 10 of 20 from the field.
"This was a great way for our seniors to go out," said Dean Smith. "I'm especially happy for Matt. The final play was set for Michael. But he was covered and Matt was able to save the game.
"Duke did a great job of getting through our scramble defense. That's the best anyone has handled it all year."