That was one of the conclusions after Duke's 72-65 victory against
No. 13 Louisville on Monday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
"It's just how they've grown," Krzyzewski said of his team, which
has won four of its past five games. "You can't diagram toughness.
(Our players) keep getting better and keep getting tougher."
Guard Grayson Allen scored 19 points, and Duke used key late-game
free-throw shooting to ruin Louisville's first visit to the historic
The Cardinals took a brief lead down the stretch before Duke
recovered. The Blue Devils made 10 of 12 free throws in the final
"All the momentum went to them," Krzyzewski said. "You could look at
our guys and they were tired. We showed amazing grit. By the end of
the game, we were just fighting."
Forward Brandon Ingram scored 18 points, guard Luke Kennard added 11
points and center Marshall Plumlee had 10 points for Duke (18-6, 7-4
Atlantic Coast Conference). The Blue Devils are unranked for the
second week in a row as they start a brutal portion of their
schedule that includes four consecutive ranked opponents.
"Two weeks ago, we wouldn't have won this game," Allen said,
pointing to Duke's maturation. "We would have been blown out."
Guard Donovan Mitchell's 17 points paced Louisville, which trailed
by 15 points early in the second half. Guard Quentin Snider had 12
points, guard Trey Lewis added 11 points and guard Damion Lee scored
10 points for the Cardinals (19-5, 8-3).
"It was a great atmosphere," Louisville coach Rick Pitino said. "My
first time here. I really enjoyed it, except for the game."
The Cardinals dropped out of a first-place tie in the ACC with North
The Duke lead was at 44-30 after guard Matt Jones' 3-pointer early
in the second half. He had a scoreless first half.
A flagrant foul on Allen for tripping with 13:55 remaining helped
Louisville close the gap to 44-38. Mitchell's 3-pointer and Lewis'
fastbreak basket made it a 13-0 run for the Cardinals.
Kennard and Ingram had 3-pointers to help push the Blue Devils to a
The Cardinals responded with the next six points and had an empty
possession that would have given them the lead. Snider's three-point
play put Louisville on top at 58-57 at the 6:13 mark for its first
lead since 2-0.
Ingram went 4-for-4 on free throws during a 39-second stretch to
give Duke a 66-61 advantage.
"A happy, tired locker room," Krzyzewski said, "because we know we
beat a great team."
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Allen didn't score in the game's final 19 minutes.
Louisville's offense was up and down. Snider scored all of his
points in the second half before fouling out at the 2:01 mark.
The Blue Devils held Lee, who averages a team-high 17 points per
game, to 3-for-15 shooting from the field.
"They just really pressured him," Pitino said. "They made him shoot
quick. He was rushing things."
Duke led 35-24 at halftime, buoyed by a strong surge at the game's
Allen had 16 first-half points despite missing a 3-point attempt at
Duke bolted to an 11-2 lead, feeding off energy from a frenzied
Lee made only two of 10 first-half shots from the field. That was
part of the Cardinals' 31.3 percent shooting in the first half.
There was nearly a three-minute stretch midway through the first
half when neither team scored with Duke leading 21-18. The Blue
Devils followed with another burst, and Allen scored eight of Duke's
final 14 points of the half.
NOTES: The game was the 1,000th Duke men's basketball contest at
Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke is 844-156 in the building. ... This
was Louisville's first road game since its self-imposed postseason
ban based on an investigation into allegations of NCAA rules
violations. ... Duke also had a home game last year against a team
that had self-imposed a postseason ban when Syracuse visited in
February. ... Earlier Monday, Duke freshman G Luke Kennard was named
the ACC Rookie of the Week. It was the fourth time a Duke player
received that honor this season, with the other three going to F
Brandon Ingram. ... The Cardinals wore special black retro uniforms
with elements from the 1980s Louisville teams. ... Louisville goes
to Notre Dame on Saturday. ... For Duke, the stretch of ranked foes
includes a visit Saturday from Virginia and next week's game at
North Carolina before a rematch at Louisville.
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