Duke Beats Clemson 66-57

First loss at home this season

Ed Jenson
February 18, 2018 - 4:01 pm

Gary Trent Jr. hit three foul shots with 1:31 left to put No. 12 Duke ahead for good and the Blue Devils, again playing without injured star Marvin Bagley III, beat No. 11 Clemson 66-57 on Sunday.

The Blue Devils have given up all of their 10-point lead over a six-minute stretch as the Tigers tied it up at 57-all on David Skara's jumper. That's when Trent was off the mark on his 3 from the right corner, but got fouled by Clemson reserve Scott Spencer.

Trent's first shot rattled around before falling through and he swished the next two. Duke (22-5, 10-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) won its third straight game without Bagley, its leading scorer and rebounder who's sidelined because of a strained right knee.

Wendell Carter Jr. followed Trent's foul shots with an inside bucket and the Tigers (20-6, 9-5) could not respond in losing for the first time at home this season.

Grayson Allen had 19 points for Duke, all but two in the opening half. Carter had 15 points and 10 rebounds while Trevon Duval had 12 and Trent 11.

Marcquise Reed and Elijah Thomas led Clemson with 13 points apiece. Thomas also had 15 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the year.

Clemson played without point guard Shelton Mitchell, out with a concussion suffered in a loss to Florida State this past Wednesday night. It was the first time this season the Tigers had lost consecutive games this season.

Gabe DeVoe, averaging 13 points for Clemson this year, was held to 3 points on 1 of 10 shooting.

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