Duke Holds Off Pesky Miami; Moves Into Finals

Kyle Singler scored a game high 27 points to help the Blue Devils hold on against the Hurricanes. Duke will await the winner of Georgia Tech and NC State in tomorrow's ACC Championship round.

Just when it seemed as though Duke was ready to blow the game open and cruise to an easy victory in the ACC semifinals, the Miami Hurricanes responded.

After trailing 30-18, the Hurricanes would serve notice to the tournament's top seed that nothing comes easy in March. Especially not in the ACC Tournament. Over the final five and a half minutes of the first half the Blue Devils would see their lead evaporate as the Hurricanes manufactured a 17-2 run to lead 35-32 at the half and carry momentum into the locker room.

Duke would respond after the break with the help of Kyle Singler who logged 27 points along with eight rebounds and six assists to help his team grab the lead and hold on.

Jon Scheyer, rebounded from a subpar shooting night in the opening round to add 16 points including eight in the crucial 14-0 run that built just enough of an advantage for Duke to hold on down the stretch as the hot shooting Hurricanes continued to chip away, but ultimately ran out of time.

Duke lead 58-43 with 11:29 remaining, and began to shorten the game by running the clock. However, the infamous "stall ball" as it's known to many fans was ineffective as the offense failed to initiate in time, resulting in three shot clock violations down the stretch. This, coupled with Miami hitting 53 percent from long range would allow the Hurricanes to pull within six with a minute remaining. However, with Duke hitting seven of eight free throws in the final 41 seconds, the Blue Devils were able to escape with the three point victory.

Miami was led by freshman Freshman Durand Scott who had 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting, and center Reggie Johnson who added 14 points and eight rebounds.

Blue Devil Digest Top Stories