COL BKB: Duke 78, North Carolina 58

March 13, 2011 at 4:25 PM

GREENSBORO, N.C., March 13 (UPI) -- Nolan Smith fired in 20 points Sunday, sparking No. 5 Duke to a 78-58 spanking of No. 7 North Carolina in the ACC Conference Tournament title game.

Smith also handed off 10 assists while Kyle Singler and Seth Curry each added 11 points for the Blue Devils (30-4), who downed their intrastate rivals en route to a third straight conference crown.

Miles Plumlee contributed nine points and seven rebounds as Duke took its 19th all-time conference championship and reached the 30-win mark for the third consecutive year.

The Tar Heels (26-7) got 16 points from Harrison Barnes while John Henson added 10 and a game-best 18 rebounds.

North Carolina hasn't beaten Duke for an ACC Tournament crown since 1998.

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