CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Celebrity spectator Dwyane Wade amused the Duke-Miami crowd at halftime Wednesday by taking some shots from half-court, including several with his back to the basket.
He went 0 for 6. The home team didn’t do much better.
Stymied on offense and pounded on the boards, the Hurricanes trailed from the start, shot 35 percent and lost to No. 18 Duke, 67-46.
“They’re pretty good players,” Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga said. “I would have liked to have had them in a U uniform.”
Defending conference champion Miami (10-8, 2-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) remained winless in three league games at home. The Hurricanes will try to bounce back Saturday, when they play host to No. 2 Syracuse.
“It’s really a matter of effort,” Larranaga said. “We’ve got to play harder.”
Freshman Jabari Parker had 17 points and a season-high 15 rebounds to lead Duke. James and Wade sat in the first row across from the Blue Devils bench, and Krzyzewski said they caught his eye after Parker scored on a strong inside move.
“It’s a blessing to get their support, to see those superstars give support to the little guys,” Parker said.
Parker helped the Blue Devils to a 42-28 advantage on the boards, which allowed them to overcome a poor shooting night. Duke outscored Miami 22-7 on second-chance points.
“I’m a little bit - maybe a lot - surprised by the way we played,” Larranaga said. “We were like deer in the headlights with all the attention this game got, and all the celebrities that showed up. I think we froze in that environment.”
The Blue Devils (15-4, 4-2) avenged a 27-point loss the last time they played in Coral Gables. That was a year ago, when Duke was ranked No. 1.
“Because of last year’s embarrassment for the program, we just wanted to redeem ourselves,” Parker said.