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VOLUME 113, ISSUE 9
UNC DEFEATS DEVILS ON WILLIAMS' DRAMATIC BUCKET
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North Carolina s Marvin Williams (24) rides a wave of jubilant, powder blue-dad fans after UNC's 75-73 win against Duke on Sunday. Williams' put-back and free throw gave the Tar Heels the winning margin with 17 seconds left.
BY BRIAN MACPHERSON
The tightly wound nylon nets once hung
silently from the orange rims of the Smith
Center, undisturbed save for the chaos of
game action and the playful tugs of athletes
eager to test their vertical leaps.
Those nets, however, no longer reside
inside the storied home of the North Carolina
Those nets have become the permanent
possessions of Jackie Manuel and Melvin
Scott, two of the three seniors who carried the
Tar Heels from historic depths to a regular
season ACC title with an epic 75-73 victory
against Duke on Sunday.
The third member of the trio, the soft
spoken but unquestioned leader of the North
Carolina squad, had the option of claiming
SEE DUKE, PAGE 4
Check out a multimedia show honoring the Tar
Heel leaders after their Senior Day defeat of Duke
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A fan jumps through a bonfire near Top of the Hill restaurant after UNC's downing of Duke on Sunday. Fires went
up across campus and down the town's main thoroughfares as students and others raced downtown to celebrate.
The Tar Heels defeat the Cavaliers at the last minjte
after coming back from a 17-point deficit PAGE 14
MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2005
BY TED STRONG
ASSISTANT CITY EDITOR
The flames leaped above their heads, illu
minating the ringing crowd the crowd that
chanted insults and hurled obscenities about
the freshly defeated enemy.
In a ring around the fire, young men, many
stripped to the waist, did a devilish jig.
Their dance was fueled by the primal, per
cussive beat of a simple drum. From time to
time, to the roaring approval of the crowd,
one broke from the dance and hurled himself
through the flames.
A bloody ritual in the wilderness? Of
course not. This was the celebratory scene on
Franklin Street on Sunday night.
Less than thirty seconds after J. J. Redick
and Daniel Ewing missed consecutive des
peration shots to seal the UNC men’s bas-
SEE FRANKLIN, PAGE 4
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