- Associated Press - Saturday, December 19, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - This time, there was no Madison Square Garden magic for coach Mike Krzyzewski and Duke.

Luke Kennard scored 24 points and Matt Jones had 18, but the seventh-ranked Blue Devils shot just 30 percent from the field and lost 77-75 to Utah in overtime on Saturday.

Duke star Grayson Allen, who was averaging 21.4 points coming into the day, managed just seven points on 3-of-18 shooting. He also missed both of his soul shots.

Krzyzewski said Allen had been sick for two days with the flu.

“I thought both teams played their hearts out,” Krzyzewski said. “Either one would have been worthy of winning so I’m not disappointed in my team.”

Duke (9-2) had won four in a row at Madison Square Garden, home of the NBA’s New York Knicks and NHL’s Rangers.

“It’s an honor to play here,” Krzyzewski said.

Utah led 73-67 after Jordan Loveridge made four free throws in a 10-second span. But Kennard brought Duke back, scoring eight points in 16 seconds to cut Utah’s lead to 77-75.

Following a turnover by Dakarai Tucker, Duke had a chance to tie, but Brandon Ingram missed a layup and Kyle Kuzma grabbed the rebound, finishing off the big win for the Utes (9-2).

According to Krzyzewski, there was a malfunction with the clock and Duke was forced to change its play on the fly.

“That’s a good thing for our team,” Krzyzewski said. “They were able to then set up the next (play) and put us in that position. We not only had a chance to tie, you might win.

“Our guys did some incredibly good things to give us an opportunity to win that game.”

Kuzma scored 21 points for Utah, and Jakob Poeltl had 19 points and 14 rebounds before fouling out with 31 seconds left in OT. Lorenzo Bonam added 12 points.

“It’s a very emotional win,” said Poeltl, who was 8 of 11 from the field. “It’s just a great feeling.”

The Utes had the last possession of regulation, but Kuzma missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer. Kuzma tied it at 60 on a layup with 1:50 left.

During the second half, the Blue Devils limited Utah to 10-for-29 shooting from the field.

“We probably won’t face anybody like that the rest of the year that’s capable of doing what they did,” Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said.

Utah attacked Duke’s interior defense in the opening 20 minutes to lead 33-30 at halftime. The Utes had 11 layups or dunks in the first half and shot 14 for 27 from the field.

Duke forward Amile Jefferson, who averages a double-double, is out indefinitely with a broken right foot.

“Let’s face it, with Jefferson being out that certainly was a stroke of good luck,” Krystkowiak said. “I think everybody in the basketball world understands they’re playing a little bit undersized.

“That’s been a focal point.”


Utah: The Utes played their first game at Madison Square Garden since 2003. … Utah shot 45 percent (28 for 62) from the field.

Duke: The Blue Devils came into the game averaging 87.3 points, 10th best in the NCAA.


Utah hosts Delaware State on Tuesday.

Duke hosts Elon on Dec. 28.

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