Duke Escapes Monumental Upset Bid

It wasn't pretty and it wasn't easy. But in the end all that mattered was that the Blue Devils were able to come away with a victory over the Belmont Bruins, 71-70 in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament's West Region.

Gerald Henderson's driving layup with 13 seconds reaming was enough to to push Duke into the second round, and to avoid what would have the biggest upset in this year's tournament.

And were it not for Henderson's heroics, the Blue Devils would have been going home early for a second consecutive season as Belmont held a 70-69 with just over 17 seconds remaining. At that point the sophomore wing took the ball down the lane and converted with 11.9 seconds remaining.

But it wasn't over after DeMarcus Nelson stole Belmont's apparent last chance inbounds pass, but missed the ensuing free throw, giving Belmont one last chance to pull off the upset with 2.2 seconds left. The Bruins' Justin Hare caught the inbounds pass, took one dribble and heaved a 35 foot prayer that was hit the outside of the rim.

Henderson finished with a game high 21 points and eight rebounds, while sixth man Jon Scheyer added 13 points and four rebounds. Greg Paulus and Kyle Singler finished with 12 and 11 points respectively.

Belmont was led by Alex Renfroe who logged a team high 15 points, and five rebounds. Andy Wicke and Matthew Dotson added 14 points apiece for Belmont, which finishes the season at 25-9.

The victory not only extends the Blue Devils' season, it also pushed head coach Mike Krzyzewski past former nemesis Dean Smith into sole possession of first place on the NCAA's list of most victories in a coaches' first 33 season with 803.

The Blue Devils will face the winner of Arizona and West Virginia on Saturday afternoon.


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