By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The (1) Duke Blue Devils is the latest No. 1 ranked team to lose since the beginning of the season. The Blue Devils were defeated by the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks, 85-83, in overtime at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina.
This was Duke’s first non-conference loss at home since 2000. In addition, this was the Lumberjacks first win over an AP No. 1 ranked team.
The loss also snapped the Blue Devils’ 150 win streak vs. non-conference opponents at home.
This is the worst loss in recent memory against the spread. Duke was favorite to win by 27.5 points according to Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.
The 27.5 spread surpassed Gardner Webb’s 26-point spread against No. 20 Kentucky in 2007.
“We’ve been battling the flu,” SFA coach Kyle Keller said. “We’ve actually practiced pretty terrible this week. I told my wife today, I said I hope we continue to fight. Just next man up, like they talk about in the NFL.”
According to ESPN’s Stats & Info, this is the third loss by the No. 1 ranked team in November. Evansville also defeated then No. 1 Kentucky. And the Kentucky Wildcats upset Michigan State Spartans in the first game of the season.
The game ended at the buzzer when Nathan Bain scored on a layup. The basket was just out of the reach of a Blue Devils defender, who attempted to block it.
Gavin Kensmil got the after Matthew Hurt turned the ball over. He then passed it to Bain, who scored to shock the Blue Devils.
“I saw my teammate grab it, and I looked up at the block; we had about 2.6 seconds,” Bain said following the game. “I was like, ‘I have to get on my horse.’ I went as fast as I can to try to lay it up. It’s like a layup drill. I could see the dude on my back, and I just prayed it [would] go in.”
Kevon Harris led the Lumberjacks with 26 points. He also had four rebounds, four assists, and three steals.
Harris was one of four players, who scored in double-digits for Stephen F. Austin. Cameron Johnson had 16, while Kensmil had 15 and Bain had 11.
The Lumberjacks had 27 bench points. Johnson led the bench with his 16.
Vernon Carey Jr. led the Blue Devils with 20 points. Tre Jones had 15, while Cassius Stanley and Matthew Hurt had 15 points each.
Duke had very little bench production, as the team just had seven bench points. Jack White led the bench with three points.
“You go 11-24 from the foul line in the second half. It’s just a recipe to lose,” Kzryzewski said. “So we weren’t deserving of winning. That team was deserving of winning and they won. … The last play was really symbolic of about eight or nine plays that they had where they had free layups.”