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DURHAM, N.C. – Playing its third consecutive road game the University of Miami men’s basketball team fell at No. 18 Duke, 70-58, Saturday evening.
Senior guard Davon Reed’s 19 points paced a trio of players who finished with double-digit points for Miami (12-6, 2-4 ACC) in a game televised on ESPN (College GameDay) from Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Miami used a strong defensive performance in the opening period to build an 18-11 advantage through 10 minutes of play.
Duke (14-4, 3-3 ACC) finished the first half with a season-low 25 points, as the Hurricanes forced the Blue Devils to miss all eight of their shots from beyond the arc.
Following a jumper by junior guard Ja’Quan Newton, Miami took its largest lead of the game, 35-23, and left for the locker room leading, 36-25.
Following the break, the Blue Devils jumped out to a 56-40 lead, after a 31-4 run that lasted until the 8:17 mark. Duke took its largest lead of the game, 66-45, following a 3-pointer by sophomore guard Luke Kennard, with 5:14 left to play.
Freshman forward Jayson Tatum led the way for the Blue Devils with 14 points, followed by senior guard Matt Jones (13), Kennard (11) and freshman guard Frank Jackson (10).
Miami outrebounded the Blue Devils, 36-34, but Duke outshot the Hurricanes 46.2 percent (24-of-52) to 40.0 percent (22-of-55).
Up next for the Hurricanes, a return to the Watsco Center against Boston College, Jan. 25 at 9 p.m.
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Miami’s starters against Duke: Ja’Quan Newton, Bruce Brown, Davon Reed, Dewan Huell and Kamari Murphy.
Miami falls to 6-18 all-time against Duke, and 2-8 on the road against the Blue Devils. Head Coach Jim Larrañaga is now 4-4 all-time against Duke, and 4-3 at Miami against the Blue Devils.
Redshirt senior forward Kamari Murphy pulled-down a career-high 15 rebounds, and has now pulled down double-digit boards in seven outings.
Senior guard Davon Reed led the Canes with 19 points against Duke. He has scored in double digits 15 times this season, including 13 of the last 14 games.
Reed has hit at least one shot from long range in every game with multiple threes in 14 contests. He has multiple threes in 10 straight games. Reed tied his career-high hitting five shots from beyond the arc. He has also knocked down 33 shots from long range in the past 10 games.
In the opening half, Miami held the Blue Devils to their season-low in points (25). Duke’s original season-low in the first half was 27 against Tennessee State (Dec. 17, 2016). The Hurricanes forced the Blue Devils to shoot 28.6-percent (8-28) from the field and 0-of-8 from beyond the arc.
With his 13 points, junior guard Ja’Quan Newton has now scored 11-plus points in every game but three (WFU-9, FAU-8, Syracuse-8). Hitting three free throws, he has made at least one in every game but two (GW and Pitt).
Freshman guard Bruce Brown finished the evening with 15 points, five rebounds and six assists. On the season, he has grabbed at least four rebounds in 17 of 18 games. He has also dished out at least two assists in 13 contests, and five plus in seven.