The Duke Blue Devils held Clemson’s two leading scorers to four made field goals in a 66-57 win over the Tigers at Littlejohn Coliseum Sunday.
Marcquise Reed did most of his damage at the line with six free throws, but didn’t get going until the final minutes, shooting 3-of-14 from the field for 13 points.
Elijah Thomas kept Clemson in the game, with 13 points and 15 rebounds, seven of which came on the offensive end.
Reed’s struggles from the field paled in comparison to Gabe DeVoe, missing his first nine shots only to hit one three-pointer in a critical stretch of the game.
DeVoe’s jumper cut Duke’s lead to two points, with David Skara tying the game on the next possession with a bank off the glass. Those were the last points Clemson would manage in the game.
On the ensuing possession, Clemson’s Scott Spencer fouled Duke’s Gary Trent, Jr. in the act of shooting a three, and Trent made all three free throws to give the Blue Devils a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Turnovers and reliance on the three-pointer however, became Clemson’s undoing, with 13 giveaways and shooting just 5-for-20 from beyond the arc.
Grayson Allen led the Blue Devils with 19 points, but scored just two after halftime as Clemson’s Skara played him tight defensively in the second half.
Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski said, “it was a really tough ACC game”:
Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski
Clemson Head Coach Brad Brownell lamented another missed opportunity for his team, as the Tigers both lost at home and suffered back-to-back losses each for the first time this season:
Clemson Coach Brad Brownell
The Tigers (20-6, 9-5 ACC) will look to snap their two-game losing streak when they head to Blacksburg, VA Wednesday night to visit the Virginia Tech Hokies at 7 PM.