Miami dominates after halftime to stun No. 4 Duke 90-74
Jan. 14, 2015
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Angel Rodriguez and Miami's guards went wherever they wanted all night against Duke's defense.
Rodriguez scored 24 points and Miami shot 67 percent after halftime to upset the fourth-ranked Blue Devils 90-74 on Tuesday night, snapping the Blue Devils' 41-game home winning streak.
"We were talking from the moment we started preparing to play Duke ... about the way they play defense and the way we like to play offense," Rodriguez said. "We felt like it was a great matchup and they were going to allow us kind of to do what we wanted to do."
Manu Lecomte had a career-high 23 points for the Hurricanes (12-4, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who trailed 35-34 at the break before shooting 18-for-27 after halftime and hitting 6 of 9 3-pointers — a stunningly one-sided show starring a team that lost by 28 points at home to Eastern Kentucky on Dec. 19.
Led by Rodriguez — who Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski called "sensational — Miami scored 56 second-half points against a defense that had been allowing just 62.7 points per game on the season.
"Our goal was to set at least one if not two or three or four ballscreens on every possession because our guards are best when they're on the attack," Miami coach Jim Larranaga said. "We had some success with that and we just tried to keep that going throughout the game."
Duke (14-2, 2-2) hadn't lost at Cameron Indoor Stadium since March 2012 and hadn't lost consecutive regular-season games since February 2009. But much like Sunday's loss at against North Carolina State, the Blue Devils were unable to slow a hot-shooting team nor keep up at their own offensive end.
The Blue Devils looked like they'd be playing to give Krzyzewski his 1,000th win this week against Louisville and fellow Hall of Famer Rick Pitino on Saturday. But Coach K is stuck on 997 wins after two surprising losses.
Duke was coming off an 87-75 loss at N.C. State, a game that saw the Blue Devils trail for the first time at half all year then face their largest deficit of the season. The Wolfpack shot 55 percent and dominated after halftime to lead by as many as 19 in that one.
Afterward, Krzyzewski talked about it being a lesson for his team about the intensity and aggressiveness needed for ACC regular-season play, something he said his team could only learn through experience.
Yet Miami offered up another harsh lesson for a team that was looking dominant only a few weeks ago.
Miami led by as many as 20 late. Duke hadn't trailed by more than six before the past two games.
Miami: The Hurricanes improved to 3-2 against the Blue Devils under Larranaga. ... Miami is 4-13 in the series since joining the ACC. ... Miami took control with a 10-0 run, blowing the game open midway through the second half after leading 47-46.
Duke: Quinn Cook scored a team-high 18 points, while Amile Jefferson had 14 points and 12 rebounds. ... Duke didn't get closer than seven in the final 11 minutes. ... The Blue Devils finished with a 41-31 rebounding advantage.
Duke freshman big man Jahlil Okafor, a preseason all-American, had 15 points and 15 rebounds while facing another steady stream of defensive double teams. But Duke missed 15 of 21 3-point tries, failing to capitalize when Okafor successfully got the ball out of the trap.
Duke went just 10-for-20 at the foul line, while Miami made 22 of 30. Lecomte hit 10 of 11 to lead Miami, which kept getting to the line thanks to their guards' dribble penetration.
Miami travels to No. 12 Notre Dame on Saturday.
Duke travels to No. 6 Louisville on Saturday.
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