McClure Saves Duke

Holding a five point lead with just over 12 seconds remaining, all seemed to be right in Blue Devil land. However, Clemson had other ideas - storming back to tie the game, but leaving Duke one last chance. And luckily for Duke, Jon Scheyer made a heady decision, and David McClure converted at the buzzer.

After squandering an 11 point half time lead, the Blue Devils saw Clemson roar back to tie the game at 60 with just over three minutes remaining. Duke would extend that lead to 66-61 with 12.7 seconds left on a pair of Gerald Henderson free throws. And then things began to unravel.

As soon as the Henderson free throws were converted, Vernon Hamilton drove towards the Duke basket and converted an uncontested lay-up to make it a one possession game. Sophomore big man Josh McRoberts took the ball out of bounds and attempted to in-bound it to Greg Paulus. However, Paulus cut left while McRoberts threw the ball right and straight to Hamilton who calmly knocked down a game tying three.

After a Blue Devil timeout, the clock was reset to 4.4 seconds. McRoberts inbounded the ball to Jon Scheyer, who raced to the top of the key and found McClure in the lane. The 6'6 sophomore caught the ball and got the shot off just before clock registered all zeros, and Duke celebrated another buzzer beater in Cameron.

"Our team deserved to win this game," said head coach Mike Krzyzewski. "We out-rebounded them 40-24, but we just couldn't make a basket. On the last play they took away the play we called, but Jon stepped up and made a play."

Despite the on-air protests of the ESPN commentators regarding the validity of McClure's final shot, Krzyzewksi wasn't apologizing for his team snatching up a crucial conference victory.

"I heard the television guys were trying to make something out of it, but that shot was clearly good. I guess that's what television guys do."

The victory pushes Duke to 17-3 overall, and 4-2 in the ACC, while Clemson fell to 18-3 and 4-3 in the league. The Blue Devils host league leading Boston College on Sunday night.

McClure's final basket was his eighth point of the night. Meanwhile, Duke put four starters in double figures - McRoberts had a game high 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Greg Paulus and DeMarcus Nelson added 13 each. Scheyer, despite a rough shooting night, added 12 points.

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