Duke No. 9 holds off Clemson, 71-69

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DURHAM, North Carolina – First-year student Paolo Banchero scored 19 points, including four in the final two minutes, to help No. 9 Duke pull away from Clemson for a 71-69 victory Tuesday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Each of Banchero’s late buckets extended the Blue Devils lead to four, and Duke (16-3, 6-2 ACC) held on defensively in a back-and-forth that featured 17 lead changes. Senior Joey Baker gave the Blue Devils a two-point advantage on a layup with 2:15 remaining and finished the night with 11 points.

PJ Hall led the Tigers (11-9, 3-6 ACC) with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Hunter Tyson added 13 points and eight boards. After falling 60-53 with 9:25 remaining, Clemson responded with an 8-0 run to regain the lead. Duke in second year Jeremy Roach responded by hitting a much-needed three from the corner to put Duke back on top. Roach dished out nine assists to go along with his eight points and four rebounds.

Second year Mark Williams recorded his fourth double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds while blocking three shots. Junior Wendell Moore Jr.played the full 40 minutes and had 13 points on three 3-pointers.

Clemson shot .423 (11 of 26) from three-point range, with seven players knocking down a shot from behind the arc. Duke, meanwhile, distributed the ball well offensively, registering 18 assists on 25 baskets scored. The Blue Devils also converted 11 of 13 free throw attempts, led by Williams who went 4 of 5 from the charity strip.

Duke begins a three-game road swing when he travels to Louisville for a Saturday matinee. Game predictions at 12 p.m. on ESPN.

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