Staff photo by Chuck Liddy
DURHAM — Duke's unbeaten at home this season. After an awful first half against Miami, the Blue Devils needed overtime to stay that way.
Gerald Henderson's four points in overtime carried Duke to a 78-75 comeback win over Miami on Saturday afternoon at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Henderson's 19 points, all but one after the first half, helped Duke overcome a brutal shooting performance in the first half and a 16-point deficit in the second half.
Miami's Jack McClinton, with 10 points in the final 3 minutes of regulation, stemmed back Duke's second-half surge. McClinton's 3-pointer with 14.8 seconds left tied the game at 68 and forced the overtime.
In overtime, Henderson broke the tie with a basket and iced it with a runner with 52 seconds left to make it 74-68.
Meanwhile, Miami iced out McClinton, who took the first shot in overtime but didn't attempt another until 31.1 left. His 3-ball made it 74-71 but Jon Scheyer hit a pair of free throws on the next possession.
McClinton finished with a game-high 34 points.
Duke offset McClinton's outburst with a remarkable rebounding performance in the second half and overtime. Duke got 14 offensive rebounds after halftime and finished with 41 rebounds, the same as Miami, after trailing by 11 at the half.
"I thought that was the difference in the second half," Miami coach Frank Haith said. "That's just what did us in."
Duke trailed by as many as 16 (38-22) in the second half before a flagrant foul by Miami's DeQuan Jones — after a steal and layup by Greg Paulus — led to a six-point possession and gave Duke a 46-42 lead.
Duke couldn't shoot or rebound in the first half, trailing 32-19, but rode Henderson, Scheyer (22 points) and David McClure (13 rebounds) to a comeback.
Henderson's drive and score at 12:37 cut Miami's lead to 42-40. Paulus, who started in place of Nolan Smith, ended up with the inbounds pass after a scramble and scored a layup.
After the layup, Jones deliberately elbowed Paulus. That sent Scheyer to the free-throw line, where he went 1 for 2. Duke got the ball after the free throws, where Scheyer drained a 3 from the right corner for a 46-42 advantage.
Duke shot 6-of-31 (19.4 percent) from the floor — closing the half 1 of 15 — in the first half and was out-rebounded 25 to 14. Miami's zone has invited the Devils to fire from 3, where the Devils went just 4 of 16.
After a 27-point loss to Clemson on Wednesday, the Devils should have come out breathing fire.
McClinton's step-back 3 over Scheyer with 28.5 seconds left capped a 15-4 run to close the half for Miami.
Duke went from 9:51 to 3:03 in the first half without a point.