NCAAB Game Recap - Duke at Boston College
Tue Feb 4, 2020 7:00 PM EST

Duke
63
BC
55
F
Rut
51
MD
56
F
Aub
79
Ark
76
F(OT)
MisSt
72
KY
80
F
PSU
75
MSU
70
F
VaTec
57
GaTec
76
F
Tenn
69
Alab
68
F
NIU
66
Toled
61
F
UMass
67
URI
73
F
OhSt
61
Mich
58
F
W MI
64
MiaO
60
F
Ball
62
Kent
54
F
Monm
53
Fairf
55
F
Buff
62
E MI
66
F
BGSU
82
CenMI
92
F
(N/A)
45
SDak
106
F
ColSt
80
Fres
70
F
Okla
61
TxTch
69
F
Xav
67
DeP
59
F
Mizzu
51
TexAM
68
F
Bois
67
Wyo
62
F
AF
54
Nev
88
F

Feb 4, 2020, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

(7) Duke (19-3)

21

42

63

Boston College (11-12)

24

31

55

Cold-shooting, No. 7 Duke rallies past Boston College 63-55
Tue Feb 4, 2020 10:39 PM

BOSTON (AP) Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski thinks his players might have been looking ahead to this weekend's game against North Carolina.

And it almost cost them.

"They didn't listen to me," he said on Tuesday night after the seventh-ranked Blue Devils rallied from a 10-point, first-half deficit to beat Boston College 63-55.

"It's stupid not to listen. I've warned them two days about it," said Krzyzewski, who earned his 500th career Atlantic Coast Conference victory. "I don't look at that (upcoming games) because I've been beaten by human nature. We've won a lot of games, but I've had losses to human nature. That's all I was telling them: `Take a look. ... Louisville's very good, and they were kicking their butt."'

Vernon Carey Jr. had 17 points and 10 rebounds, making a layup and then two free throws with about six minutes left during a 10-0 run that gave Duke (19-3. 9-2 ACC) the lead for good. Tre Jones scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half to help the Blue Devils escape with their fourth straight win.

"We didn't have the right mindset before the game," Jones said. "We were focused on the game, but we weren't hungry like we should be."

Derryck Thornton scored 21 points and Steffon Mitchell had 12 rebounds for Boston College (11-12, 5-7), which lost by 39 points at Duke on Dec. 31 but was coming off a one-point win at North Carolina. But the Eagles went scoreless for more than four minutes down the stretch and missed seven of their last eight shots.

"We lost our poise there," BC coach Jim Christian said. "You can't lose poise when you're playing the No. 7-ranked team in the country. You can't lose poise for two minutes."

Krzyzewski, the all-time winningest coach in Division I basketball, improved to 500-200 in the ACC regular season and tournament.

But this one seemed to be headed in the other direction.

BC scored the first six points of the game and led 12-2 before Duke, which missed 10 straight shots, went on a 9-2 run. It was 16-11 when Cassius Stanley slammed in an alley-oop from Jack White. Then Wendell Moore made a jumper and Carey followed with a layup to give the Blue Devils their first lead of the game, 17-16, with just over six minutes left in the first half.

But the cold shooting continued - by both teams. Duke missed all 12 of its 3-point attempts in the first half; BC was 0 for 9.

It wasn't until Nik Popovic - who had hit nine 3-pointers all season - made one with about 11 minutes left that the teams broke the slump. They had combined to miss their first 26.

Duke finished 1 for 15 from 3-point range and BC was 2 for 18. The made 3-pointer kept alive a long streak. The Blue Devils have made at least one 3 in 1,081 consecutive games, the second-longest active streak in the nation behind UNLV 's 1,092 games.

"It wasn't a good 3-point shooting night for college basketball tonight," Krzyzewski said.

BC still led by four with eight minutes left and had a 49-46 lead when Duke scored the next 10 points to put the game away.

SPECIAL GUESTS

Celtics forwards Jayson Tatum and Grant Williams were at the game, as was Celtics boss Danny Ainge. Tatum, who went to Duke for one season, sat behind the Blue Devils' bench in a Duke sweatshirt.

Orlando's Amile Jefferson, who also went to Duke, and Mo Bamba were also at the game. The Magic play the Celtics on Wednesday night.

BIG PICTURE

Duke: Has won 13 of the last 14 meetings between the schools. The exception: a BC victory over top-ranked and undefeated Duke at Conte Forum on Dec. 9, 2017.

Boston College: The Eagles were trying for their second win over a ranked team in a month and their first over a top 10 team since beating Duke in 2017-18.

UP NEXT

Duke: Visits rival North Carolina on Saturday.

Boston College: Visits Virginia Tech on Saturday.

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Leaders

Duke PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
A. O'Connell 0 0 0 3 0 0
J. Goldwire 0 0 1 5 1 0
Boston College PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Rishwain 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Thornton 21 0 3 2 0 0

Team Comparison

Duke BC
Points For 63 55
Field Goals 23/61-38% 22/59-37%
Three Pointers 1/15-7% 2/18-11%
Free Throws 16/20-80% 9/12-75%
Offensive Rebounds 11 11
Defensive Rebounds 28 29
Rebounds 40 40
Blocks 2 3
Steals 6 5
Turnovers 11 17
Personal Fouls 15 17
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Duke Leads Series 2-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Tue Dec 31 BC 49 @ Duke 88 S. Mitchell 1 J. White 3
Tue Feb 4 Duke 63 @ BC 55 M. Hurt 2 S. Mitchell 2

Game Information

Stadium: Silvio O. Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Attendance: 8,606
Game Time: