Matt Doherty almost didn't know how to react following his first victory over Duke. Neither did some of the North Carolina fans.< " I kind of shrugged my shoulders at Coach K. I knew we were fortunate and they missed a lot of shots," Doherty said of his exchange on the court with Mike Krzyzewski following No. 4 North Carolina's 85-83 victory Thursday night.
Doherty said he told his players not to go overboard celebrating, but added some did when they got to the locker room.
"I respect Coach K and that program so much. I didn't want our players to get too excited and do something foolish," Doherty added. "I wanted to handle it with class. We did stupid things in the locker room."
Fans were less restrained. Less than 10 miles away in Chapel Hill, on the northern edge of the North Carolina campus, about 6,000 people crowded onto Franklin Street for a raucous celebration.
One car was overturned and fans jumped on another, said Jane Cousins, spokeswoman for the Chapel Hill Police Department. Fans also started two bonfires. No injuries were reported and no arrests were immediately made, though an investigation continued.
Before the game, Doherty said he wanted his team, a 13-point underdog, to view No. 2 Duke in the proper manner. His message - to respect, but not fear an opponent - got through to his Tar Heels.
With the victory, Doherty became the first Atlantic Coast Conference coach to win his first eight league games.
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