Despite the lack of size, it appeared as though the Blue Devils were on their way to a blowout victory before Duke went ice cold from the field and failed to put a point on the board for more than eight minutes. The drought allowed Temple to whittle a 19 point advantage down to just eight before Kyle Singler made a pair of free throws to break the streak and Duke was able to hold on down the stretch.
For Temple, Dionte Christmas scored a game high 23 points, while Mark Tyndale added 20.
Thomas, who sat out with a respiratory infection, was replaced by third year sophomore David McClure in the starting lineup. McClure responded with four points and four rebounds in 19 minutes of action.
As a team, Duke was out-rebounded 45-38 and shot just 21-of-55 from the field.