Roberson leads Syracuse past Duke
DURHAM, N.C. — Tyler Roberson had 14 points and a career-high 20 rebounds, and Syracuse beat No. 20 Duke 64-62 on Monday night, the Blue Devils' third straight loss.
Trevor Cooney, Malachi Richardson and Duke transfer Michael Gbinije all scored 14 points for Syracuse (13-7, 3-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), which improved to 3-1 since Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim returned from his nine-game suspension.
Marshall Plumlee had 19 points and 17 rebounds to lead Duke (14-5, 3-3), which has its longest losing streak since the 2006-07 team dropped its final four games.
Duke had two chances in the final minute to take the lead after Plumlee made it 63-62 with 31.3 seconds left. Gbinije missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 29.1 seconds left, and after the Orange burned three fouls to give, Grayson Allen missed a flip shot with about 7 seconds left and Roberson tapped the rebound out to Richardson.
Richardson made a free throw with 2.1 seconds left and Matt Jones rebounded the miss, took off down court and appeared to draw contact near midcourt but no fouls were called as the buzzer sounded.
That helped Boeheim claim the latest matchup of the two winningest active men's coaches in Division I. He and longtime friend Mike Krzyzewski have combined for 1,906 victories.
Allen finished with 18 points and Brandon Ingram added 13 points and 11 rebounds for Duke. Freshman Luke Kennard, who scored a season-best 30 points two days earlier against Notre Dame, failed to score and was 0 for 9 from the field, missing all seven of his 3-point attempts.
Roberson finished with the most rebounds ever by a visiting player at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The Orange shot just 35 percent but outrebounded Duke 49-42, grabbing 26 offensive rebounds and turning them into 17 second-chance points. Notre Dame had 18 second-chance points to Duke's four in a 95-91 victory here two days earlier.
In one key stretch, Roberson beat three Duke defenders to an offensive rebound, then kicked it to Cooney for a 3-pointer that gave the Orange their largest lead — 59-51 — with 51/2 minutes left.
Syracuse: The Orange spent some extra time this weekend in North Carolina. Instead of returning to New York after winning at Wake Forest on Saturday, they bused over to Durham.
Duke: Duke missed its first eight shots over the opening 51/2 minutes before Jones hit a corner 3. ... The Blue Devils debuted their lowest national ranking since they were No. 23 in mid-January 2014. That drop also was preceded by losses to Clemson and Notre Dame.
Syracuse plays at No. 13 Virginia on Saturday.
Duke plays at North Carolina State on Saturday.
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