Duke holds on to beat Wake Forest, 75-73

Steve Wiseman, The News & Observer on

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DURHAM, N.C. — Duke’s offense, a slumbering part of the Blue Devils game earlier in January, gave it the edge to avenge an earlier loss on Tuesday night.

Behind Jeremy Roach’s 21 points and 17 from backcourt mate Tyrese Proctor, the Blue Devils led by as many as 14 points in the second half before posting a 75-73 ACC basketball win over Wake Forest at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The Blue Devils (16-6, 7-4 ACC) shot 50% from the field one game after lighting it up for a season-best 55.7% in Saturday’s 86-43 romp at Georgia Tech. That’s three games in a row shooting 48% or better for a Duke team that went five consecutive January games shooting 40.3% or worse.

In addition to Roach and Proctor’s production, freshman Kyle Filipowski shook off a slow start to finish with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Filipowski scored eight consecutive Duke points after Wake Forest had trimmed the Blue Devils’ lead to 68-61 with 2:55 to play.

Having defeated Duke 81-70 in Winston-Salem on Dec. 20, Wake Forest (14-9, 6-6) shot just 37.5% in Tuesday’s rematch and dropped its fourth consecutive game.

Tyree Appleby led the Demon Deacons with 27 points while Damari Monsanto added 14 and Andrew Carr 11 points.


Duke played its second game in a row without 6-7 freshman guard Dariq Whitehead, who is nursing a sprain to his lower left leg.

Despite Wake’s poor shooting to start the second half, the Deacons pieced together an 8-2 (with six points on free throws) to leave Duke up 55-49 with 10:19 left.

But Proctor stemmed the tide with a 3-pointer before Roach, despite a sore right wrist, scored on a driving layup through traffic and hit a pull-up jumper on the baseline giving Duke a 62-49 lead with 7:54 to play.

When Filipowski dribbled into the lane and fed a bounce pass to Ryan Young for a layup, Duke led 68-54 with 5:25 to play.


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