"Disappointing" Devils Fall to Pitt, 65-64

Prior to the tip-off with Pittsburgh, the Blue Devil coaching staff was hopeful that their young team would be able to rise to the occasion despite Christmas break looming. However, a very game Panther team and a performance Mike Krzyzewski deemed "disappointing" was too much to overcome.

A step-back three pointer from Levance Fields with 4.7 seconds left on the clock proved to be the difference between the Blue Devils and Panthers on Thursday night as Duke fell to Pitt 65-64 in overtime.

The Panthers, who improved to 11-0 on the season, held major advantages at two key positions throughout the night - point guard and in the paint. Leading the charge as the floor general was Fields, who finished with 21 points. In the middle it was the play of DeJuan Blair that turned a 16 point first half deficit into a 50-49 lead with 5:27 remaining in regulation.

Blair finished with 15 points, and a career high 20 rebounds - helping his team finish with a +15 margin on the glass. Duke got a career best 12 rebounds from guard Jon Scheyer.

Despite the loss, the Blue Devils had several chances to win the game - including the last two shots in regulation after Gerald Henderson tied the game at 58 with 56 second remaining.

After Pitt missed a perimeter shot with just over 20 seconds remaining, Henderson drove the lane, but couldn't convert the layup, and Kyle Singler's offensive rebound and put-back rimmed out to send the game to overtime.

Henderson and Singler finished the game with 17 points apiece, while DeMarcus Nelson added 14 for Duke, which now stands at 10-1 on the season.

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