banner

College Basketball

more stats

NCAA Game Summary - Duke at Boston College



(Sunday, February 10th)

Final Score: (4) Duke 62, Boston College 61

Chestnut Hill, MA (Sports Network) - There was nearly another upset in college basketball on Sunday, but No. 4 Duke scored the last six points -- the final three on Mason Plumlee free throws -- to steal a 62-61 decision over Boston College at Conte Forum.

The Blue Devils (21-2, 8-2 ACC) almost joined the rest of the top-5 with losses this week, but narrowly survived a surprisingly tight battle against a team that sits at the bottom of the conference with Virginia Tech.

"Nothing about today was easy," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "These are games anybody can lose, and throughout the country everybody is losing them. Our guys found a way to win against a team that was also deserving to win, so that's a real good thing."

Plumlee finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds and hit the go-ahead free throw with 24 seconds remaining, while Seth Curry chipped in 18 points in Duke's fifth straight win.

Olivier Hanlan led Boston College (10-13, 2-8) with 20 points, but missed a potential game-winning jumper from just inside the right elbow in the closing seconds.

"He normally makes those shots," Boston College coach Steve Donahue said of Hanlan's potential game-winner. "I don't think he was nervous. He wants to be really good."

Duke, which hosts rival North Carolina on Wednesday, led most of the second half, but never by more than six points.

The Eagles went on a late 6-0 run, and Ryan Anderson's putback of a Joe Rahon miss put the hosts in front, 57-55, with under five minutes to play.

After Plumlee made 1-of-2 at the foul line, Anderson scored again inside and Hanlan connected twice from the stripe for a 61-56 lead with 2:15 remaining.

Quinn Cook answered with a 3-pointer to pull the Blue Devils within two, and Anderson hit the back iron on a long jumper. Plumlee was fouled with 46.6 seconds on the clock and calmly sank both to tie things.

Rahon missed badly on a corner try, and Plumlee was fouled going for the rebound after the ball hit the corner of the backboard. The Player of the Year candidate missed the first before hitting the go-ahead freebie.

After a timeout with 18.2 left, Hanlan's pullup from 10 feet missed everything but the backboard, and the scramble for the loose ball ticked off the remaining seconds.

Duke committed three turnovers and missed all five field goal attempts in the first five minutes. Boston College was slow out of the gate as well, making 2- of-8 to start before scoring seven in a row to jump in front, 13-5, nine minutes in.

The Blue Devils scored the next six points, but still didn't take their first lead until Plumlee finished off a three-point play for a 25-24 edge with one minute remaining in the half.

A Hanlan 3-pointer and Plumlee dunk made it a 27-27 game at intermission.

Game Notes

Duke has won three straight on the road after dropping its previous two as the visitor ... Seth Curry helped he and Stephen Curry pass Tyler and Ben Hansbrough as the highest scoring brother tandem in NCAA history with 4,493 points ... Duke has taken six straight meetings ... The Blue Devils were playing their 200th straight game ranked in the top-10 ... Anderson netted 17 points in defeat.

02/10 23:48:18 ET

Other Stories

  • ACC: North Carolina at Virginia

    Tomorrow at 12:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Seattle at Carolina

    Sunday at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Indianapolis at Pittsburgh

    Sunday at 4:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Logan Zone with Steve Logan

    Tomorrow at 10:00 am on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks

    Sunday at 1:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
9:30pm Tonight
EDM
CAR
8:07pm Tonight
SFG
KAN
2nd
ORL 36
DAL 41
 
1st
TOR 13
NYK 12
 
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
MIA
 
8:00pm Tonight
CHI
MIN
 
8:00pm Tonight
HOU
SAN
 
9:00pm Tonight
UTA
PHO
 
10:00pm Tonight
LAL
SAC
 
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
DEN
 
10:30pm Tonight
LAC
POR
 
2nd
CIN 10
SFLA 3
 
1st
SALABAMA 0
TROY 3
 
9:00pm Tonight
BSU
BYU
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
OREG
1st
NJD 1
DAL 0
 
8:00pm Tonight
WIN
TAM
9:00pm Tonight
COL
VAN
9:30pm Tonight
EDM
CAR
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
CLB