Hoping to break a 58-58 tie with 1.2 seconds left in regulation, Kyle Filipowksi received the inbounds pass in stride and galloped toward the basket. He absorbed a great deal of contact from two Virginia defenders, but no foul was called. The game went to overtime, where the Cavaliers outlasted the Blue Devils and pulled away for the 69-62 win.
Quite simply, this was a gut punch for the Blue Devils squad. They now fall to 8-6 in the conference after losing yet another game on the road. In this contest, however, Duke battled the entire way through, unlike some other lackluster efforts away from home. Jeremy Roach led Duke with 16 points on 7-11 shooting against an always stingy Virginia defense. Star freshman Kyle Filipowski was held scoreless. More on that in a minute.
Armaan Franklin had 23 points for Virginia, including a critical 3 point shot with about 30 seconds left in overtime to seal the deal. Kihei Clark had 16 points and dished out five assists. With the tight win, Virginia remains atop the ACC conference standings at 11-3. This wasn’t their best game, but they had just enough to get it done.
ACC Confirms Its Refs Messed Up
And, let’s face it, they got some help. The ACC has already released a statement confirming that the officials botched the call at the end of regulation. Per Rule 5, Section 7, Article 3c of the NCAA Rule Book, Duke should have been awarded two free throws. The rule says that “when the foul occurs after time expires but while the ball is in flight during a try, the period shall end when the free throw(s) and all related activity have been completed.” So, Scheyer has a very good reason to be upset. He got no clarification from the referees live during the game and just had to roll with it.
Now, there are a lot of folks in the college basketball world who would point out how his predecessor Coach K would be the beneficiary in these types of situations. Not a lot of folks are going to feel sorry for Duke. They’ve had stuff like this go their way plenty of times. There’s no such luck just yet for the first-year head coach. This head-scratcher basically cost Duke the game.
Duke has to regroup quickly and start stacking some wins together to finish out the regular season. Luckily, their next game is at home. And luckily, the luck of the Irish is with them, as hapless Notre Dame brings its 2-12 conference record into Cameron Indoor Stadium.