Raleigh – At Cameron Indoor Stadium, Jon Scheyer will finish his rookie year unbeaten.
With a 71-67 victory against NC State on Tuesday, Duke basketball (22-8, 13-6 ACC) finished the regular season with a perfect 16-0 home record and remained within striking distance of a fourth-place conference finish and an ensuing two-round bye in the ACC Tournament the following week.
After falling to the Wolfpack by a score of 84-60 in January, the Blue Devils were able to even the season series and win five games in a row to close out February.
Together with Jim Boeheim of Syracuse and John Calipari of Kentucky, Scheyer is the only men’s basketball coach in Division I to finish his debut season with an unbeaten home record.
Kyle Filipowski and Jeremy Roach’s performance helped Duke pull away from NC State in the second half after a sluggish shooting start in the first. Filipowski had 11 total points and 13 rebounds towards the end. Roach scored 18 points, while Mark Mitchell reached double figures for the third game in a row.
Jarkel Joiner of NC State scored 26 points and came close to willing his team to come back from a double-digit deficit before Tyrese Proctor made two clutch free throws with 18.4 seconds remaining in the contest.
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chilly first half
The Blue Devils led 33-29 at halftime despite a poor shooting effort due to a significant discrepancy in free throw attempts.
Duke attempted 17 free throws against NC State’s one, but hit only 38% overall (10 of 26) and 1 of 9 from beyond the arc.
Jarkel Joiner led the Wolfpack in scoring in the first half with 12 points, followed by Jeremy Roach of Duke with 8. Throughout the first 20 minutes, Kyle Filipowski tacked on six points and ten rebounds. Terquavion Smith, the top scorer for NC State, was kept scoreless in the first frame after receiving a technical and his second foul with 8:22 to go.
On March 4 in Chapel Hill, the rival North Carolina Tar Heels will host the Blue Devils’ last regular-season game. On February 4, Duke defeated Cameron 63-57 in the first game.