The sweet plays weren’t there for No. 8 Duke on Thursday, with no passing chances and shocking 3-point shots.
The Blue Devils had to turn brave, and big players Kyle Filipowski and Ryan Young wanted them to take the win.
Each center scored a double-double as Filipowski scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as Duke rallied in the second half to beat Oregon State, 54-51, in the Phil Knight Legacy Tournament at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Young contributed 11 points while leading Duke (5-1) with 15 rebounds.
While shooting 20.7% in the second half to finish at 26.7%, Duke trailed by as much as six points in arrears.
A 13-5 run, fueled mostly by Young and Filipovski, put Duke ahead 47-45.
From Jeremy Roach’s jump in the lane at 7:33, the Blue Devils went seven minutes without a hit.
Leading 50-49, though, Filipowski rebounded a Jacob Grandison miss to give Duke a 52-49 lead with 32.3 seconds left.
Dexter Akano hit two free throws for Oregon State (3-2) with 16.1 seconds to play, cutting Duke’s lead to one point.
After Grandison responded with two free throws for Duke, Oregon State’s Jordan Pope and Glenn Taylor missed three in the final five seconds allowing the Blue Devils to escape with the win.
Filipowski scored 13 of his match-high total in the last 12 minutes of the match. Duke hit only 5 of 29 three-pointers (17%) for the game, including 1 of 14 in the second half.
Oregon held its biggest lead at 40-34 with 11:54 to play when Duke’s inside players finally got involved on offense to stage a rally.
Duke’s 13-5 run included eight points from Filipowski and three more from Young. Filipowski hit Duke’s first 3-pointer of the second half at 8:21 tying the score at 45-all.
Roach put Duke ahead, 47-45, with a tough shot into the lane with 7:33 to play. But it was Duke’s last goal on the field until Filipowski key recovered in the last minute.
After hanging on to a 29-27 halftime lead despite shooting 32%, Duke opened the second half flat with six straight scoreless possessions.
That caused Scheyer to call a timeout with Oregon leading 33-29 with 16:42 to play.
But it didn’t help the Blue Devils’ struggles to attack. Duke missed the first shots of the half, starting 1-of-12 overall, as Oregon State built a 38-32 lead.
Duke struggled to land shots against the Oregon State defense in the first 20 minutes of the game but still led 29-27 at halftime.
The Blue Devils scored just 32.3% of their shots while making 4 of 15 3-pointers. One of those three-pointers, though, came from Roach with 15 seconds left in the half as he threw one into the left corner as the shot clock expired.
Whitehead and Filipovski each have six first-half points for Duke.
The Blue Devils led by as many as five points in the first half when an 8-0 lead made them 16-11. But Oregon State, which shot 45% in the first half, responded with six straight points to regain the lead.
The Blue Devils built another five-point lead when Ryan Young scored on a pass giving them a 26-21 lead with 2:33 to play until halftime. But Duke only made one shot the rest of the half – a 3-pointer by Roach that gave him a 29-27 lead at halftime.