Ryan Kelly had waited two months for the chance to help his Duke teammates reclaim the form that made them the nation's top-ranked team...
DURHAM, N.C. — Ryan Kelly had waited two months for the chance to help his Duke teammates reclaim the form that made them the nation’s top-ranked team.
He returned with a stunning performance that shook up No. 5 Miami and left his own Hall of Fame coach struggling for the right words.
The senior scored a career-high 36 points in his return from a foot injury that had sidelined him since January, helping the third-ranked Blue Devils beat the Hurricanes 79-76 on Saturday night in a matchup of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s top teams.
“I guess I was ready for it,” Kelly said. “That’s all I can say.”
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Kelly knocked down 10 of 14 shots — including 7 of 9 three-pointers — for the Blue Devils (25-4, 12-4), who avenged a blowout road loss in January by grinding out a tough win in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
“I mean, me saying ‘spectacular’ or whatever doesn’t do his performance justice,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “One for the ages. Probably as good a performance as any player has had — a Duke player has had — in Cameron.”
Kelly’s performance was the highlight of a game that certainly lived up to the teams’ lofty rankings and their status as the league’s best. Miami led by seven in the first half and by two at the break, while Duke never led by more than five until the final three minutes.
But the Hurricanes (23-5, 14-2) made a frantic rally and missed two threes in the final seconds to tie it.
Other top 10 games
At No. 1 Indiana 73,
Cody Zeller overcame a sluggish start to score 22 points and Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell added a career-high 19 as the Hoosiers (25-4, 13-3 Big Ten) rebounded from a loss to Minnesota.
Iowa (18-11, 7-9) committed 14 of its 19 turnovers in the first half and shot just 38.2 percent from the field.
At No. 6 Kansas 91,
West Virginia 65
Ben McLemore scored a Kansas freshman record 36 points, and Jeff Withey came within one block of a triple-double.
Withey’s nine blocks ran his Big 12 and Kansas career record to 281. He had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Jayhawks (25-4, 13-3 Big 12). Terry Henderson had 20 points for the Mountaineers (13-16, 6-10).
At No. 7 Georgetown 64, Rutgers 51
Otto Porter Jr. finished with 28 points and eight rebounds, leading the Hoyas (23-4, 13-3 Big East) to their 11th consecutive victory. Rutgers (13-14, 4-12), which has never beaten a top-10 team on the road, has lost 10 of its past 11 games.
At No. 8 Florida 64, Alabama 52
Casey Prather had 10 points and nine rebounds, most of them in the second half, and Florida rallied from an eight-point deficit. Erik Murphy led the Gators (23-5, 13-3 Southeastern) with 15 points. Trevor Releford led the Tide (19-10, 11-5) with 12 points.
No. 10 Louisville 58,
at No. 12 Syracuse 53
Luke Hancock hit a three-pointer from the corner to break a tie with 50 seconds left for Louisville. It was the third straight loss for Syracuse (22-7, 10-6 Big East).
Louisville (24-5, 12-4) snapped a three-game losing streak against Syracuse.