Brandon Ingram leads Duke past No. 13 Louisville
DURHAM, N.C. — Freshman Brandon Ingram had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Duke beat No. 13 Louisville 72-65 on Monday night.
Grayson Allen scored 19 points and Luke Kennard had 11 for the Blue Devils (18-6, 7-4 Atlantic Coast Conference). They shot 50 percent in the second half and hit 10 of 12 free throws in the final 3:14 while beating a ranked opponent for the first time this season.
Donovan Mitchell scored 17 points and Quentin Snider, who fouled out with 2:01 left, added 12 for the Cardinals (19-5, 8-3), who shot 56 percent in the second half and erased a 15-point deficit but missed a chance to take sole possession of first place in the league.
The key stretch came when Louisville had the ball down 66-62 with about 21/2 minutes left. Ray Spalding left a layup short off the iron, Duke's Marshall Plumlee grabbed the rebound and it was at least a two-possession game the rest of the way.
Ingram and Matt Jones both made two free throws on the next two possessions before freshman Derryck Thornton hit a jumper in the lane with the shot clock winding down to make it 70-62 with 33 seconds left.
Trey Lewis swished a 3-pointer with 24.5 seconds left to pull the Cardinals within five and Thornton missed two free throws with 22.5 seconds left, but Damion Lee missed a 3-pointer with about 10 seconds to play and Kennard iced it with two more free throws with 6.4 seconds left.
Plumlee added 10 points for the Blue Devils, who opened a run of four games in 12 days against the top three teams in the ACC standings — all ranked 13th or better in the latest poll.
Lewis finished with 11 points, while Lee had 10 on 3-of-15 shooting in his return from a knee bruise that kept him out of the Boston College win on Saturday.
This was Louisville's first road game since announcing it would self-impose a postseason ban this year amid an ongoing investigation into a sex scandal involving escorts, and it coincided with coach Rick Pitino's first visit to Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Pitino fell to 1-4 against the Blue Devils, against whom he's had some classic matchups through the years — but none at Cameron.
Louisville: This marked the 1,000th career game in Pitino's Hall of Fame career. He entered 741-258 in 31 seasons as a college coach. ... It was the Cardinals' first game at Cameron since 1983.
Duke: This marked the 1,000th game played at Cameron. The Blue Devils entered 843-156 at the historic building that opened in 1940.
Louisville visits Notre Dame on Saturday.
Duke plays host to No. 7 Virginia on Saturday.
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