The return of their captain didn’t help the struggling offense down the stretch, but Duke’s tough defense and Kyle Filipowski’s clutch free throws led the Blue Devils to victory.
No. 17 Miami’s 34.9 percent shooting powered junior guard Jeremy Roach and Duke to a 68-66 ACC basketball victory Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Playing in his first game since Jan. 4 because of a lingering toe injury, Roach scored 14 points and made a key steal with 10 seconds left as Duke went up 68-64.
Filipowski scored 17 points, including four free throws in the final 2:04 that accounted for all of Duke’s points in that stretch.
Duke (14-5, 5-3 ACC) shot 40.3 percent, surpassing the 40% field goal plateau for the first time since the start of 2023, and made just 2 of its last 16 shots.
Tyrese Proctor scored 11 points and Whitehead added 10 for the Blue Devils.
Miami (15-4, 6-3) shot just 30.9 percent in the second half as Duke used a zone defense. Jordan Miller (19 points) and Nigel Pack (18 points) were the only Hurricanes in double figures.
Leading the entire second half, Duke made it 66-64 after Miami’s Norchad Omier made one of two free throws with 1:45 to play. Jacob Grandison’s miss in the lane gave Miami a chance to tie or take the lead.
The Hurricanes took three shots at once but missed all three before Duke made a rebound with 35.6 seconds to play.
Filipowski made two free throws with 18.6 seconds left to extend Duke’s lead to 68-64.
Stunned by Duke’s zone defense, Miami made just 5 of its first 19 shots after halftime to give Duke a 59-51 lead. The Blue Devils squandered a chance to make the lead more comfortable, missing 10 straight shots and trailing with 5:02 to play.
Isaiah Wong’s 3-pointer during that slump cut Duke’s lead to 59-57 with 6:32 left.
Roach ended the scoring drought with a tough shot in the lane with 6:10 left. Proctor added a 3-pointer with 5:16 left to give Duke a 64-57 lead.
But Duke went scoreless on its next three possessions, and when Omier made a basket in the lane, was fouled and added a free throw, Duke led 64-63 with 2:54 to play.
After the teams were tied at 38 points at halftime, the Blue Devils hit three 3-pointers in the first six minutes of the second half. The last two helped Duke extend its lead to 51-47.
As the shot clock expired, Whitehead made a shot from the center circle that ended with 16:15 left. Jacob Grandison’s 3-pointer at the 14:50 mark extended Duke’s lead to four points.
With Miami trailing at 5:15 and missing six straight shots, a layup by Filipowski and a layup by Roach in the lane with 11:48 to play gave the Blue Devils a 55-47 lead.
Duke started the game uncharacteristically hot from the field, hitting 12 of its first 17 shots (70%) to build a 29-24 lead after Filipowski’s nine points.
The Blue Devils naturally went cold, missing seven straight shots, and Miami took advantage to come back and take a 33-30 lead after AJ Casey’s two free throws with 3:54 left before halftime.
Roach ended Duke’s cold streak with a 17-foot jumper with 3:30 left and, after a 3-pointer by Miami’s Bensley Joseph, hit a 3-pointer of his own with 1:46 left to give Miami a 36-35 lead.
After Casey’s basket gave Miami a 38-35 lead with 51 seconds left in the half, Duke coach John Scheier called a timeout to create a 2-on-1 situation.
Roach found Grandison’s open 3-pointer in the left corner and the graduate student hit an open 3-pointer to tie the game at 38 with 40.4 seconds left.
The Blue Devils got a shutout when Pack missed an NBA-deep 3-pointer against Duke’s zone. But Grandison’s three-pointer missed and the teams went into halftime tied at 38.
Duke shot 48.4% in the first half while Miami shot 40%.
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