- Associated Press - Sunday, March 9, 2014

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - If this was Jabari Parker’s last home game at Duke, what a farewell it was.

The freshman phenom scored a season-high 30 points and added 11 rebounds in the fourth-ranked Blue Devils’ 93-81 win over No. 14 North Carolina on Saturday night.

In leading Duke in both scoring and rebounding all season, he hasn’t looked like a first-year player very often.

And he doesn’t want to be called one, either.

“No more freshman,” he said. “I don’t like getting in that category anymore because my team needs me more than just an 18-year-old. They need somebody with experience through the whole game. … It’s time to grow up.”

Rodney Hood added 24 points to help Duke (24-7, 13-5) end the Tar Heels’ 12-game winning streak and clinch the No. 3 seed in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Duke never trailed, shot 51 percent - 57 percent in the second half - and dominated the ACC’s best team on the glass, outrebounding North Carolina 34-20.

“I think at the end of the day, it just came down to our want-to against their want-to, and it just wasn’t there - the sense of urgency,” North Carolina big man James Michael McAdoo said.

Marcus Paige - who led UNC’s second-half comeback two weeks ago - finished this one with 24 points, while Brice Johnson had 15 and McAdoo added 13 for the Tar Heels (23-8, 13-5).

They shot nearly 60 percent but couldn’t overcome their disadvantage on the glass and are locked into the No. 4 seed in the league tournament.

Leslie McDonald added 12 points for North Carolina, which was denied its fourth win over a top-five team, but briefly made things tense in the final minutes when Paige converted a four-point play to make it 81-73 with 2:50 left.

But the Tar Heels’ point guard missed 3s on the next two possessions - with Parker blocking the second of those with 2½ minutes left.

Quinn Cook hit two free throws, Amile Jefferson added another and Parker hit two foul shots with 2:03 left to push the lead to 86-73 and effectively end it.

Cook finished with 11 points and Rasheed Sulaimon added 10.

And in what might have been his finale at Cameron Indoor Stadium, Parker put on quite a show.

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