Cold in Durham, 68-66
January 21, 2023
On a cold Saturday in Durham, the Duke Blue Devils defeated the #17 Miami Hurricanes, 68-66.
It was much colder than the Canes normally like. Miami (15-4, 6-3 ACC) had a very cold shooting night at sold out Cameron Indoor, going 22-63 (34.9%).
It didn’t start cold for the Canes, who came out hot early. But then everything went cold as Duke climbed back to tie the score at the break, 38-38.
Duke (14-5, 5-3 ACC) shot 40.3% from the field, led by Kyle Filipowski's double-double (17 points and 14 rebounds) and junior guard Jeremy Roach’s return from injury (14 points and four assists). Roach proved to be the Blue Devils’ catalyst down the stretch.
“I think the game came down to Jeremy Roach coming in and going 6 for 10 and taking over the team,” Miami head coach Jim Larrañaga summarized the game.
Miami remained cold in the second half, shooting 30.3% from the floor. But the Canes’ long range bombing (10 3-pt baskets) kept them in the game until the end. Jordan Miller led Miami’s attack with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Nijel Pack kept Miami in the game with 14 first half points, but only four second half points. Norchad Omier once again logged double-digit rebounds for the Canes.
Miami shooting guard and leading scorer Isaiah Wong had an unusually cold night, going 2-8 from the floor and scoring only seven points (16.7 points per game season average).
At the three minute mark, Omier cut the Duke lead to one with a layup and foul shot. Then it went ice cold for the Canes, missing the last three scoring opportunities.
It was truly cold in Durham on Saturday.
Miami heads to Florida State to warm up on Tuesday and continue a three-game road trip.