The Duke men’s basketball team blew a 37-31 halftime lead, as they lost to Clemson, 72-59. The Blue Devils are still looking for a road victory this season and dropped to 1-2 in the ACC. The Clemson students stormed the court at Little John Coliseum.
Jabari Parker seemed to have gotten out of his recent funk, as he scored ten points in the first half. However, he did not score over the final 13:52 of the first half and only finished with a total of 15 points on 5-of-13 shooting. He did haul in seven rebounds, three on the offensive end, and blocked two shots (both in the first half).
Once again, the poor Duke defense was put on display (along with their size disadvantage), especially in the second half when the Tigers made their comeback. Clemson made 14-of-27 shots. They also out-rebounded the Blue Devils 48-30 and 14-8 on the offensive glass.
Duke officially lost their lead with 9:28 to go.
The Blue Devils also shot poorly in the second half, making just 8-of-32 shots. They missed their final six 3-pointers over the game’s final 2:38, with four of them coming off the hand of Andre Dawkins (he only made 1-of-7 shots total). They did not score a field goal in the final 6:28.
Though Clemson only made 18-of-30 free throws, they did make 6-of-8 in the game’s final 2:55.
Rodney Hood led the Blue Devils with 20 points, but really there was not alot of offense outside of him and Parker. Quinn Cook made just 3-of-14 shots for eight points. He did dish out seven assists to one turnover. Amile Jefferson made 3-of-4 shots for seven points. He also hauled in six rebounds. Rasheed Sulaimon took just two shots (two points).
The Duke bench only scored seven total points.
For Clemson, three players recorded double-doubles. THREE!
KJ McDaniels scored a game-high 24 points on 8-of-15 shooting. He hauled in ten rebounds and blocked three shots. Jaron Blossomgame scored 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting, with nine of those points coming in the second half. He hauled in 14 rebounds, eight of them coming in the second half. Landry Nnoko, who was held scoreless in the first half, scored ten points and hauled in 13 rebounds. He also blocked four shots. Rod Hall chipped in 11 points and four assists.
The Blue Devils look to rebound from this ugly loss, as they play on ESPN2 on Monday night against Virginia.