Duke has been improving over the last month, but the Blue Devils still lacked a signature win for the NCAA Tournament resume heading into Monday night’s game against Louisville. However, another big game from Brandon Ingram was enough to record just that.
Brandon Ingram scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help Duke hold off a furious Louisville rally on Monday night in Cameron Indoor Stadium to win 72-65.
The 13th ranked Cardinals entered the game tied with North Carolina for the ACC lead, and rallied from 15 points down to take the lead late in the second half, but were unable to finish the comeback off to remain on top of the standings.
Louisville was led by Donovan Mitchell who scored 17 points and Quentin Snider who added 12, but fouled out with two minutes remaining.
After squandering the big lead and watching the Cardinals shoot 56 percent in the second half, Duke relied on Ingram down the stretch. The 6-foot-9 freshman handled the ball and proved to be a match-up nightmare for Louisville by attacking the rim and earning trips to the free throw line over and over again.
Following Ingram knocking down a pair of free throws to give Duke a four point lead, Louisville drove down the court and had a chance to make it a one possession game. But Ray Spalding’s lay-up was short and was rebounded by Marshall Plumlee. Duke would have at least a four point lead the rest of the way.
By defeating Louisville the Blue Devils improved to 18-6 overall and 7-4 in league play. The win also moved Duke into 5th place in the ACC standings, just two games out of second place.
Other notable performances for Duke included Grayson Allen’s 19 point night. Luke Kennard added 11 off the bench while Plumlee added 10 points and eight rebounds.