Stephen F. Austin stuns No. 1 Duke, 85-83 in OT

The Saline Courier - - SPORTS - By Joedy Mc­creary As­so­ci­ated Press

DURHAM, N.C. — With a break­away layup at the over­time buzzer, Stephen F. Austin pulled off a shocker for the ages and did what no team out­side the ACC had done in al­most 20 years — top­ple mighty Duke at home.

The un­der­dog Lum­ber­jacks and their high­pres­sure de­fense took over at Cameron In­door Sta­dium as No. 1 Duke lost its grip on ev­ery­thing: The ball, the game, its prized home­court win­ning streak and, ul­ti­mately, the na­tion’s top rank­ing.

Stephen F. Austin stunned the Blue Devils 85-83 in over­time Tues­day night, with Nathan Bain’s coast-to­coast layup just be­fore time ex­pired bring­ing a jar­ring end to Duke’s 150-game home win­ning streak against non­con­fer­ence op­po­nents.

“I told our play­ers, ‘Ban­ners can’t beat us tonight,’” SFA coach Kyle Keller said. “The play­ers have to beat us.”

Rep­re­sent­ing the lit­tle-known South­land Con­fer­ence, the

Lum­ber­jacks be­came the first non-at­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence school to beat Duke at Cameron since St. John’s in Fe­bru­ary 2000, and the sec­ond un­ranked squad to up­set a No. 1 team on its home floor in two weeks after Evansville went into Rupp Arena and knocked off Ken­tucky 67-64.

Duke had the ball late in over­time, but Tre Jones missed a jumper with about 15 sec­onds left and Wen­dell Moore re­bounded it for the Blue Devils. Hounded by the Lum­ber­jacks’ ac­tive de­fense, Jones threw a bounce pass to­ward the base­line that got bro­ken up, and the ball kicked away from Matthew Hurt in a scram­ble with around three sec­onds to go.

Gavin Kens­mil snatched it on the ground and passed from the seat of his pants to Bain, who split two Blue Devils play­ers and went nearly the length of the floor for a buzzer-beat­ing layup with Duke for­ward Jack White in fu­tile pur­suit.

“I looked up at the clock and saw I had 2.6 sec­onds, just go­ing as fast as I can to lay it up. Like a layup drill. Prayed it would go in,” Bain said. “I wasn’t sure if the guy was go­ing to foul me or not. Get it on the rim to give us a chance.”

Kevon Har­ris scored 26 points and Kens­mil added 15 for the Lum­ber­jacks (5-1).

“It means the world,” Har­ris said.

Ver­non Carey had 20 points and 11 re­bounds for the Blue Devils (6-1), who com­mit­ted 22 turnovers and shot just 11 of 24 from the free throw line in the sec­ond half.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski “told us at half­time about get­ting back” on de­fense, guard Cas­sius Stan­ley said. “It’s kind of what we de­served. We didn’t lis­ten to him, and it hurt us even­tu­ally at the end.”

Jones had 17 points and 12 as­sists — but also eight turnovers against a Stephen F. Austin de­fense that is the na­tion’s best at gen­er­at­ing take­aways. The Lum­ber­jacks, who en­tered at No. 262 in Ken Pomeroy’s ef­fi­ciency rank­ings, lead Di­vi­sion I by forc­ing 25.8 turnovers per game — a huge chal­lenge, it turned out, for a young Duke team that started four fresh­men and a sopho­more and has had is­sues tak­ing care of the ball.

“Deny the ball, pressure teams, turn them over,”

Bain said. “Peo­ple don’t like pressure. Ev­ery­one wants to be com­fort­able, be able to see the floor. It’s a win­ning for­mula — you deny passes, you pressure the ball, make peo­ple play 1-on-1, and that’s hard. You can’t do that for 40 min­utes. You have to have some great lungs.”

There were two ties and a lead change in the fi­nal minute of reg­u­la­tion, with Kens­mil ty­ing it at 81 on his layup with 19 sec­onds re­main­ing. That left Duke with the last shot be­fore

OT, but after Jones missed a turn­around jumper with about four sec­onds left, the re­bound was bat­ted around to Stan­ley, whose jumper off the glass went off the rim at the buzzer.


Stephen F. Austin: No ques­tion the Lum­ber­jacks earned the big­gest vic­tory in pro­gram his­tory. Bain, a fifth-year se­nior, was a fresh­man on the Thomas Walkup-led team that up­set eighth-ranked West Vir­ginia as a No. 14 seed in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tour­na­ment.

“It doesn’t get much big­ger than this,” Bain said. “But get­ting a win in­side the NCAA Tour­na­ment, that’s a dif­fer­ent type of sweet. That’s a dif­fer­ent type of taste you want to have. We didn’t get that last year.”

Duke: This Duke team didn’t have the feel­ing of in­vin­ci­bil­ity that some of its pre­de­ces­sors had, in part be­cause it com­mit­ted at least 16 turnovers in three of its first six games. The Blue Devils’ of­fense was com­pletely flum­moxed at times by the Lum­ber­jacks’ un­re­lent­ing pressure, and as a re­sult, their run at No. 1 will end after two weeks. For the sec­ond straight sea­son, they lost at home to an un­ranked op­po­nent as the No. 1 team, with the Zion Wil­liamson-led squad fall­ing to Syra­cuse. POLL IM­PLI­CA­TIONS Duke be­came the third No. 1 team to lose this sea­son — and Thanks­giv­ing hasn’t even ar­rived yet. The de­feat will surely cost the Blue Devils at least a few spots in the poll Mon­day. STREAK STATS

Duke fell to 292-9 in non­con­fer­ence home games un­der Krzyzewski, and this was the first such loss since an 83-82 set­back against St. John’s on Feb. 26, 2000. The de­feat means the na­tion’s long­est such win­ning streak now be­longs to But­ler — which has 55 straight non­con­fer­ence wins at Hin­kle Field­house.


Stephen F. Austin: Vis­its Arkansas State on Satur­day.

Duke: Plays host to Winthrop on Fri­day night.

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