Miami stuns Duke to remain undefeated in ACC play
Miami pulled off a major upset on Saturday night, defeating No. 2 Duke 76-74 in Durham.
The Blue Devils had a three point lead in the final 45 seconds, but couldn’t hold on to their advantage. Miami made a pair of layups and one free throw while holding Duke scoreless during that span.
Miami got huge contributions from four starers: Charlie Moore (18 points), Jordan Miller (17 points), Isaiah Wong (15 points) and Kameron McGusty (14 points).
As a team, the Hurricanes shot 57.6 percent from the field in the second half. They benefitted from 17 Duke turnovers that converted into 17 points for the Canes.
Duke’s turnovers and its inability to keep Miami from scoring in the second half was the story of the game. The Blue Devils shot a reasonable 45.8 percent from the floor and made 14-of-17 attempts at the free throw line. Neither team shot above 30 percent from 3-point range.
Duke will likely slide from its No. 2 ranking in next week’s AP Poll. However, the Blue Devils are still on track to be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. This was their second game back after a lengthy pause due to COVID-19. Duke is now 2-1 in conference play.
Miami could find its way into the top 25 this week. The Hurricanes are now 13-3 and have won nine straight contests.