Breaking: Stephen F. Austin Stuns Duke 85-83
Stephen F. Austin Stuns Duke 85-83: Duke has been riding high ever since they beat Kansas to open the season. They became the number 1 ranked team in the county and continued to show dominance on the court. They got tested by Georgetown Friday but that really has been the only real challenge they have had.
Tonight’s “Feast Week” game put Duke against Stephen F. Austin. They were 4-1, have showed very strong guard play and they have always enjoyed being apart of upsets. Back in 2016 as the 14th seed they upset number 3 seed West Virginia in the National Tourney.
Stephen F. Austin played Duke tough in the first half showing the ability to get in the paint rather easily. With that said Duke finished the first half with a 45-40 lead. The second half started and Dukes Flaws really showed and that is ball control. Cassius Stanley continued to start the play late causing several forced shots as the clock expired and showed no leadership. Duke Also could not stop the Lumberjacks in the paint. Kevon Harris continued to blow past Stanley and Jones getting right to the bucket.
The last few minutes saw both teams trading bucket for bucket and when Duke did have the chance to pull away they would struggle controlling the ball and once again forcing shots due to poor shot clock management. Duke had the chance to win it on the last possession but failed and the game went to Overtime
Overtime was very sloppy and many players showed fatigue. Even with the poor play Duke once again had a chance to win it at the end of overtime. Duke had the ball in the closing seconds of the game. Tre Jones missed the jumper with 15 seconds left. However, Wendell Moore got the rebounded getting the ball to Matthew Hurt who due to the Lumberjacks pressure threw the ball away. In the scramble Stephen F. Austins Nathan Bain got the ball with 3 seconds left and went the length of the floor putting up a lay up to UPSET Duke 85-83
This ended Dukes 150 Consecutive wins streak vs Non Conference Games at Home. Here are a few stats that caused this streak to end:
- Turnovers Duke 22, SFA 14
- Points in The Paint Duke 36, SFA 64
Duke will look to bounce back Friday vs Winthrop