Life on the road in the ACC can be tough. Jon Scheyer knows this following a successful career at Duke as a player, and several years as an assistant under Coach K. Now, though, after making that trip to the end of the bench and in the Head Coach’s chair, he knows it all to well. Duke drops another conference road game after sputtering out versus the Clemson Tigers, 72-64.
Despite getting subpar contributions from starters Hunter Tyson and Chase Hunter, Clemson was able to dig out of an 8 point hole in the first half and really take control of the game late. Hunter Tyson is Clemson’s leading scorer on the season, but he only managed 7 points for the game after being held scoreless in the first half. As has been the case since Brad Brownell took over the helm of the program, the Clemson calling card was their defense. Duke didn’t score a field goal in the final 5 minutes of the game. Star PJ Hall led the way for the Tigers with 26 points on 10-16 shooting. And, Clemson managed to keep Duke from asserting its dominance on the glass. Duke barely eked out a 39-37 edge on the boards.
Kyle Filipowski finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Blue Devils. However, Filipowski needed to heave up 22 shots to get those points. Duke shot a woeful 3-20 from 3 point range. 15% is not going to win many games, especially on the road to a tough team. Tyrese Proctor had a nice game and contributed with 17 points. Ultimately, though, Duke really missed point guard and team leader Jeremy Roach in this one. He’s missed a couple of games with a toe injury. The offense looked stagnant, particularly in the second half.
Duke gets a full week off and has a chance to get some guys healthy. Next up is a matchup with a surprise Miami Hurricanes team that’s played well all year. Duke will be happy to be returning to the friendly confines of Cameron Indoor Stadium for sure.