Published: Sat, March 11, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

Duke holds off Clemson 79-72

Duke holds off Clemson 79-72

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Duke's Grayson Allen has once again let his emotions get the best of him, and Mike Krzyzewski was not pleased. The two 3s he took were on target, but he was a little short. Moments later, Avry Holmes made NC State pay going into the break with a three that rattled in with five seconds remaining in the frame. "That was a really good game, in case you (media folks) didn't know that".

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It took Allen all of about 15 minutes in the Blue Devils game against Clemson to find a call that he disagreed with.

If Louisville makes the ACC tournament semifinals and faces No. 1 seed North Carolina, that will be formidable (The Cards lost to the Tar Heels in their only regular season game at Chapel Hill).

Louisville (24-8, 12-7 ACC) led 61-49 with 13:07 left, but a 15-3 Duke run over the next 4:38 brought the Blue Devils (25-8, 13-7 ACC) back to even at 64-64 on a three-point jumper by Luke Kennard with 8:29 to go.

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Deng Adel led the Cardinal offense with 21 points. You're going to have to shoot a decent percentage for six games to win a national championship because a missed foul shot is like a turnover.

The Tigers trailed by as much as 13 in the second half, but cut the lead to just one on a tough three-point play by Marcquise Reed. If the Blue Devils go on to win that game and pull off another victory in the ACC final, Duke could move up to the two or three line.

After Louisville started the second half 9-of-14 from the field and scored on 10 of its first 12 possessions, it missed 10 of its last 14 shots. He raised his scoring average more than four points in conference play, making almost 42 percent of his 3-pointers. Not a winning equation. The score was tied at 33 at intermission, despite Clemson holding an advantage on the glass as well.

No. 5 Duke vs. Against Louisville, Coach K gave more time to Grayson Allen and Harry Giles. Allen was also suspended for one game earlier this season after tripping an Elon player. Many ranked Giles the best recruit in America a year ago.

Mangok Mathiang scored for Louisville but Kennard answered with a basket for Duke.

The victor returns to the Barclays Center Friday at 7 p.m. for a semifinal game with top-seed North Carolina, the tourney favorite. If non-conference play is included, the Tigers went 4 for 15 in those games - including an emotional 62-60 win over SC.

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