Miami basketball falls late at Duke

Jan 8, 2022; Durham, North Carolina, USA; Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY
Jan 8, 2022; Durham, North Carolina, USA; Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY /

The Miami basketball team held Duke without a field goal in the last 5:17 but the Blue Devils were able to hang on for a 68-66 victory in Durham on Saturday afternoon. Duke made just two of its last 16 field goal attempts but held on by making six of their eight free throws in the second half.

Jordan Miller kept Miami in the game scoring 13 of the Hurricanes’ 28 points in the second half. Miller led Miami with 19 points and eight rebounds before fouling out in the final minute. Nijel Pack fueled Miami in the first half with 14 points on 14 on 4-8 field goals, 4-7 three-point attempts and 2-2 free throws in the first half.

Pack finished with 18 points scoring only four in the second half on 2-7 from the floor and 0-2 on three-point attempts. Pack had a key turnover with 11 seconds remaining and Miami trailing by two. Duke led most of the second half. The Miami basketball team stayed competitive never trailing by more than eight points.

Isaiah Wong had his second straight subpar game scoring only seven points on 2-8 shooting. Per the game broadcast, Wong was playing with an illness. Norchad Omier scored only nine on 3-9 from the floor but had 14 rebounds. Both teams cooled off in the second half after hot shooting in the opening 20 minutes.

Duke shot 48.4 percent in the first half and made 5-11 three-point attempts. Miami shot 40 percent in the first half but made 5-9 three-point attempts. Duke shot 32.3 percent from the floor but made 4-10 three-point attempts in the second half. Miami shot 30.3 percent in the second half and made 5-12 threes.

Miami kept the game close but had their last lead with 16:53 remaining on a Jordan Miller layup. A pivotal moment came with under a minute left and Miami trailing 66-64. Nijel Pack missed a jumper, got the offensive rebound, Bensley Joseph missed a three-point shot, Omier got the rebound and missed the putback.

Next. Miami news: Hoops at Duke, McClain timeline, transfer updates. dark

Duke ran the clock down and Miller was called for a blocking foul with 18 seconds left. Kyle Filipowski who finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds made both free throws. Pack scored with three seconds left to bring Miami within two but the Hurricanes were unable to convert after a missed Duke free throw.