Playing its third consecutive road game the University of Miami men’s basketball team fell at No. 18 Duke, 70-58, Saturday evening.
Senior guard Davon Reed’s 19 points paced a trio of players who finished with double-digit points for Miami (12-6, 2-4 ACC) in a game televised on ESPN (College GameDay) from Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Miami used a strong defensive performance in the opening period to build an 18-11 advantage through 10 minutes of play.
Duke (14-4, 3-3 ACC) finished the first half with a season-low 25 points, as the Hurricanes forced the Blue Devils to miss all eight of their shots from beyond the arc.
Following a jumper by junior guard Ja’Quan Newton, Miami took its largest lead of the game, 35-23, and left for the locker room leading, 36-25.
Following the break, the Blue Devils jumped out to a 56-40 lead, after a 31-4 run that lasted until the 8:17 mark. Duke took its largest lead of the game, 66-45, following a 3-pointer by sophomore guard Luke Kennard, with 5:14 left to play.
Freshman forward Jayson Tatum led the way for the Blue Devils with 14 points, followed by senior guard Matt Jones (13), Kennard (11) and freshman guard Frank Jackson (10).
Miami outrebounded the Blue Devils, 36-34, but Duke outshot the Hurricanes 46.2 percent (24-of-52) to 40.0 percent (22-of-55).
Up next for the Hurricanes, a return to the Watsco Center against Boston College, Jan. 25 at 9 p.m.
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