- Associated Press - Thursday, January 30, 2014

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Duke avoided Miami’s latest upset bid by the slightest margin.

Elizabeth Williams converted one of two free throws with 1.7 seconds remaining to lift the No. 3 Blue Devils to a 76-75 win over the Hurricanes on Thursday night.

In Duke’s visit to Miami last season, the Hurricanes beat the Blue Devils 69-65 on Feb 28.

Tricia Liston scored 29 points and Williams and Alexis Jones added 18 apiece for the Blue Devils (21-1, 8-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their ninth straight road game and 11th overall.

“We weren’t happy with our performance here last year, but the ACC is just a great conference and you can expect that coming into every game,” Liston said. “Miami’s always played us tough so coming in here we were really focused on having a better outcome.”

Williams grabbed Jones‘ missed jumper with 2 seconds remaining and was fouled by Miami’s Adrienne Motley. Williams made the first free throw to break the 75-75 tie.

“I thought that rebound that she had at the end of the game symbolized her strength,” Duke coach Joanne McCallie said of Williams.

Maria Brown’s two free throws with 14.8 remaining tied it 75-75. The Hurricanes were attempting a last-second shot when Brown was fouled by Richa Jackson away from the ball.

“We were going for the win,” Miami coach Katie Meier said. “I did not want Duke to have the ball back.”

Liston’s three-point play with 18 seconds left gave Duke a 75-73 lead. Liston scored 20 or more points for the 12th time this season.

Suriya McGuire had 23 points and Motley finished with 15 points for the Hurricanes (11-10, 3-5).

“It would have felt even better than it was last year,” McGuire said of another home win against Duke. “This is an eye opener. We’re the underdogs. We want to get that win against the bigger teams.”

Duke rallied from a five-point deficit with six unanswered points late in the second half. Jones‘ short jumper with 1:01 remaining capped the run and gave the Blue Devils a 72-71 lead.

“I’m really proud of my team because of the fight that we had,” McCallie said. “There were times when it got crazy. There were some unnecessary shots. Control of tempo helped us down the stretch.”

The Blue Devils overcame an 11-point deficit with a late first-half run that stretched into the second half.

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