CORAL GABLES — Duke freshman guard Gary Trent Jr. scored a season-high 30 points and No. 5-ranked Duke needed less than three minutes to erase a 13-point second-half deficit, scoring 18 consecutive points to overtake No. 25 Miami 83-75 on Monday night.
A sellout crowd of 7,972 included 37 NBA scouts, Miami Heat owner Micky Arison, Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez.
The Blue Devils (16-2, 4-2 ACC) scored 15 points in only six possessions to rally, and the comeback included a trio of 3-pointers by Trent. He shot 9-for-14, including 6-for-9 from beyond the arc.
“They’ve got a high-octane team, and they go in spurts,” Miami head coach Jim Larranaga said about the Blue Devils. “They have high ‘spurtability’.”
Duke extended its winning streak against ranked teams to seven games, including four this season. Miami (13-4, 2-3) lost at home for the first time this season.
Lonnie Walker IV helped the Hurricanes build their big lead and finished with 19 points and four steals. Dewan Huell added 18 points and 13 rebounds for Miami, but standout guard Bruce Brown was held scoreless for the first 18 minutes and finished with seven points.
The Hurricanes forced three turnovers during a 16-0 run that put them up 56-44. Duke went nearly eight minutes without a point.
The Blue Devils had two double-doubles from their front line. Wendell Carter totaled 15 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks, and Marvin Bagley III added 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Trevon Duval had 17 points and eight assists for the Blue Devils, who shot 55 percent and won despite tying a season high with 19 turnovers. They committed none in the final 10 minutes as they rallied.
– Associated Press