Miami holds off Duke on the road
The Miami Hurricanes did something they had never done before on Sunday afternoon – beat the Duke Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Miami won 78-74 in overtime against a Duke team that seemed to lack focus throughout much of the game, in which they were down by as much as 16, and did not seem to have the fight to come back.
But fight back they did. A 16-2 run sparked by the shooting of junior guard Seth Curry brought Duke back, and they tied the game up to send it into overtime.
In overtime, however, Duke missed 6 free throws, including two with 27.2 seconds left trailing by one. Even then, they had another chance to tie when, down by three, Duke guard Austin Rivers took a deep three from the fright corner that bounced off the rim to forward Ryan Kelly who missed a second 3-point attempt as well.
Miami hit one more free throw, and the game was over.
Miami center Reggie Johnson, a Winston-Salem native, had the game of his life, with a career high 27 points to go along with 12 rebounds.
“I feel I had the hot hand the whole game,” Johnson told the media after the game. “My teammates found me in good positions — catch and score.”
The win was the fourth in a row for Miami, while Duke has dropped two of their last three home games. Miami looks to continue their streak on Thursday when they take on Virginia Tech at home, while Duke looks to rebound Wednesday night on the road versus North Carolina.