Duke plays Stephen F. Austin at Cameron Indoor Stadium at 9:00. The Blue Devils spent last week in New York, winning the 2K Empire Classic and will be on the mostly empty campus for Thanksgiving week.
SFA is the first of two Quadrant IV opponents Duke will face this week. The Lumberjacks are No. 264 in the KenPom ratings. Friday’s opponent, Winthrop, is 174.
Students are headed home for the holiday, so the Cameron Crazies will be replaced (or at least a large number of them will) by first-time visitors to Cameron Indoor, leading to a very different experience than the one most teams playing Duke at home face.
The Blue Devils will start Tre Jones, Cassius Stanley, Matthew Hurt, Vernon Carey and Wendell Moore for the third straight game.
SF Austin is No. 1 in the country in defensive turnover percentage. The Lumberjacks are showing why early on, with four forced Blue Devil turnovers early.
Duke up 11-7 at the under 16. The Blue Devils have hit 3 of 4 shots, outrebounding SFA 5-1.
Very heads up play by Moore, dribbling outside with shot clock running down, he found Goldwire underneath. Very un-freshman-like play. No panic. '
Moore's third turnover (out of Duke's six) sends us to the under 12. Duke up 23-15. Vernon Carey has 6 points, 4 rebounds. Tre Jones has 4 points, 4 assists.
Matthew Hurt's struggles continue. He hasn't taken a shot and has just four minutes in the first nine.
Speak of the devil... Hurt gets a steal and goes coast to coast for his first basket, forces a SFA timeout with Duke up 29-17
Hurt now 3-for-3 for 6 points, bullying the smaller SFA defenders inside. He'll go to the line after the under 8. Duke up 35-26. SFA staying in with fast breaks off of its five steals.
Would love to see the replay, but it sure looked like Cassius Stanley just had the same shot blocked by two different guys.
Oh my. A spurt by SFA, capped by a layup-steal-dunk sequence cuts the Duke lead to 41-38. Coach K calls time out. This halftime will not be pleasant.
Duke heads to the locker room with a 45-40 lead. Duke has 11 turnovers leading to 14 SFA points. SFA also winning points in paint 34-22. Both teams hitting well over 50 percent.
Kevon Harris is 10-for-13, most field goals anyone has scored against Duke this year. His 20 points are one off Georgetown's Omer Yurtseven's 21--season high against Duke--in the last game.
SFA's 40 also matches the most scored in a half against Duke this year.
SFA's leading scorer Kevon Harris came up limping after getting knocked down going for a loose ball. He's provided most of the team's offense, so that could be a problem for the Lumberjacks.
Tre Jones stole the second half inbounds pass (for the second straight game) but other than that, Duke hasn't come out of the locker room with their hair on fire. Lead is 49-42 with 16:53 left.
Duke with a season-high eight blocks. We head to the under 16 with Blue Devils up 51-44.
SFA's Cameron Johnson has 10 points, putting him in a tie for seventh on the all-time Camerons in Cameron (Indoor Stadium) scoring list.
With 10:25 left, SFA cuts it to a one possession game, 57-54. Tre Jones shoots a cold-blooded three at the other end to double the lead.
Yet another fast break bucket by SFA ties it at 62, with 8:22 to play. And the Lumberjacks then hit a pair of free throw to take a lead (briefly).
Now might be a good time to mention this: Duke has won 150 straight non-conference home games and 141 straight non-conference home games against unranked foes, dating back to February, 2000.
Matthew Hurt has rushed shots the last two trips down the floor. SFA player had his foot out of bounds as he dove for a loose ball, which gave Duke the chance to take the lead with 5:23 left.
Tre Jones called for a tough foul after he takes a shoulder to the jaw trying to defend a drive. Refs go to the monitor to look at it. 72-71 Duke, 4:09 to go.
Duke is 9 of 21 from the free throw line in the second half.
Harris hits two free throws to give SFA the lead. Cassius Stanley charges to give the ball back.
Bain with an acrobatic scoop shot to give SFA a three-point lead. Carey hits inside but can't finish the 3-point play. Duke down 1.
Duke gets its defensive stand thanks to a Carey block. Jones to Stanley for three. Duke is up 2, SFA calls time out. 77-75 with 2:11 to go. Still a lot left in this game...
Jones is up to 12 assists, with 15 points for his first career double-double. Also has seven turnovers.
Duke goes to zone out of the time out and Kachelries hits his fifth three of hte year to give SFA the lead. At the other end, Jones runs down his own missed shot and Carey scores inside. We're under a minute, Duke up 1.
Duke 79, SFA 78, 55 seconds left.
Duke gets the loose ball on the SFA drive but Carey got whistled for the foul. Kevin Harris misses the first FT, second ties it. 47 left.
Tre Jones rattles in first FT. And second. Duke up 2. 29 seconds left.
SFA hits inside to tie it. Duke misses three last-ditch shots and we are going to overtime.
SFA has four players with four fouls. Cassius Stanley for Duke has four. Could be a factor in OT, but SFA has played much of the second half without fouling anyone out.
SFA with two good shots on their possession, but neither falls. Still tied, 1 minute into OT.
Duke with a travel and a shot clock violation on their two possessions in OT.
Duke with a blocked shot at the basket to get the ball back but Carey dribbles off his foot. Three straight turnovers for Duke in OT.
SFA drives and scores first points of OT. 2:50 left.
Carey with a putback after two Duke offensive rebounds. We're tied 2:00 left.
Offensive foul on Harris. Duke ball. 83 all. 1:56 left. But Jones falls and gets tied up. Alternating possession gives it back to SFA. Fourth OT turnover.
Time out Duke. 74 seconds left, tied at 83, Duke ball.
Another shot clock violation. Duke has five turnovers and three shots in OT.
Duke turns it over at the basket, Bain goes coast to coast and lays it in at the buzzer. Stephen F Austin has won at Duke, 85-83.