NEW YORK — Utah manager Larry Krystkowiak says a Utes weren’t fixated on avenging an Elite Eight detriment to Duke in March.
That doesn’t meant a Utes aren’t savoring a 77-75 dissapoint of No. 7 Duke during Madison Square Garden on Saturday. Kyle Kuzma scored 21 points to lead Utah (9-2), and Jakob Poeltl had 19 points and 14 rebounds before fouling out with 31 seconds left in overtime.
“It’s a really romantic win,” pronounced Poeltl, who finished 8-of-11 from a field. “It’s usually a good feeling.”
Duke’s Luke Kennard led all scorers with 24 points, though a Blue Devils mislaid for a second time this season, descending to 9-2.
Blue Devils ensure Grayson Allen entered a diversion averaging 21.4 points, though he didn’t measure until 1:50 into a second half and finished with 7 points. Coach Mike Krzyzewski pronounced Allen had been ill for dual days with a flu.
“I suspicion both teams played their hearts out,” Krzyzewski said. “Either one would have been estimable of winning, so I’m not unhappy in my team.”
Utah led 73-67 after Jordan Loveridge done 4 giveaway throws in a 10-second span, though Kennard brought Duke back, scoring 8 points in 16 seconds to cut Utah’s lead to 77-75.
According to Krzyzewski, there was a malfunction with a clock, and Duke was forced to change a play on a fly.
“That’s a good thing for a team,” Krzyzewski said. “They were means to afterwards set adult a subsequent [play] and put us in that position. We not usually had a possibility to tie, we competence win.
“Our guys did some impossibly good things to give us an event to win that game.”
The Utes had a final possession of regulation, though Kuzma missed a 3-pointer during a buzzer. Kuzma had tied a measure during 60 on a layup with 1:50 left.
Lorenzo Bonam combined 12 points for Utah.
Duke leads a all-time array 3-2. Utah’s other win opposite a Blue Devils happened on Mar 14, 1970, in New York City. Duke had won 4 in a quarrel during a Garden.
The Utes done certain there wasn’t going to be a fifth.
Utah took a 65-60 lead after a initial dual security of overtime. Brandon Taylor non-stop with a 3-pointer from a left side, and Poeltl followed with a jumper.
Duke took a initial lead given early in a diversion on a 3-pointer by Matt Jones with 11:10 left for a 47-44 advantage. The 3-pointer highlighted a 14-0 Duke run over a three-minute span, including Ingram’s take and breakaway jam to tie a measure during 44.
Kennard followed his missed 3-pointer with a putback, afterwards after done a 3 from a right side to extend a lead to 60-55.
During a second half, a Blue Devils singular Utah to 10-for-29 sharpened from a field.
“We substantially won’t face anybody like that a rest of a year that’s able of doing what they did,” Krystkowiak said.
Utah pounded Duke’s interior invulnerability in a opening 20 mins to lead 33-30 during halftime. The Utes had 11 layups or dunks in a initial half and shot 14-for-27 from a field.
“Let’s face it, with [Amile] Jefferson being out, that positively was a cadence of good luck,” Krystkowiak pronounced of a actor sidelined with a damaged right foot. “I consider everybody in a basketball universe understands they’re personification a small bit undersized. That’s been a focal point.”
The Blue Devils came into a diversion averaging 87.3 points per game, 10th in a NCAA.
Utah finished a diversion sharpened 45.2 percent from a field.
The announced assemblage for a neutral-site diversion was 13,174. Utah played a initial diversion during Madison Square Garden given 2003.
DUKE: Hosts Elon on Dec. 28.
UTAH: Hosts Delaware State on Tuesday.