DURHAM, N.C. — RJ Barrett scored 28 factors and No. Four Duke held on to beat Wake Forest 71-70 on Tuesday evening after Chaundee Brown’s jumper rimmed out on the buzzer.
Tre Jones added 13 factors for a sluggish Duke crew lacking star freshman Zion Williamson for a fourth straight sport with a sprained proper knee. The Blue Devils (26-Four, 14-Three Atlantic Coast Convention) overcame 41 % capturing and a 16-for-26 exhibiting from the free-throw line to win their 10th straight within the in-state collection.
Williamson’s absence, coupled with a tough sport from No. Three choice Cameron Reddish, left Barrett as basically a one-man present for Duke. The Blue Devils — 26-point favorites — trailed by 10 with 16 minutes remaining and by no means led by greater than three till the ultimate three minutes.
Brown had 21 factors and 10 rebounds, and he pulled Wake Forest inside 69-68 with two free throws with 43.9 seconds left. Duke bled the shot clock earlier than the left-handed Barrett hit a right-handed jumper within the lane to place the Blue Devils up by three with 17.Three seconds remaining.
Brandon Childress hit a layup with 7.Four seconds left, and Wake Forest had one final probability after Duke turned it over whereas attempting to inbound the ball. Childress missed a Three-pointer with about two seconds left and the rebound went to Brown, whose brief jumper spun across the again of the iron earlier than falling out on the horn.
Wake Forest: This one will sting for the Demon Deacons, who’ve struggled all through Danny Manning’s fifth season whereas dropping 9 video games by 20 or extra factors. This one on paper trying like it might be No. 10. Wake Forest responded with arguably its greatest sport of the season — however fell inches wanting its first victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium since Tim Duncan’s senior yr in 1997.
Duke: There weren’t many encouraging issues on this one from the Blue Devils, who as soon as once more stumbled early in opposition to a lower-division ACC crew. However not like the Georgia Tech and Boston School video games — wherein they pulled away after falling behind within the first half — they may by no means shake the pesky Demon Deacons.
Wake Forest: Performs host to No. 14 Florida State on Saturday.
Duke: Visits No. Three North Carolina on Saturday evening.