The No. 3 Bulldogs took down the No. 1 Blue Devils 89-87 in the championship game of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational after surrendering a double-digit second-half lead.
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"We finally started to fight in the last 14 minutes, whereas before we had just come to play and we weren't as emotionally ready as Gonzaga", said Duke's Javin DeLaurier, who had six points and six rebounds. With this being the second night of a back-to-back for the Blue Devils and with the experience of this Tigers roster, this one could be a much tighter affair.
Barrett had 23 points and Williamson added 22 for the Blue Devils.
Duke, a five-time Maui champion, fell to 17-1 here all-time. Clarke clanked two with 30 seconds left and Hachimura came up empty on two more with 10 seconds left. Williamson enters the locker room with 10 points and five rebounds.
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The Bulldogs (6-0) of the West Coast Conference surged out to an early lead, built it up to 16, then held on tight as the Blue Devils (5-1) and their star freshmen surged back to tie it up on a basket by Zion Williamson with 1:41 remaining. "They're old and they play their butts off, and Hachimura is the guy you can go to, to get a bucket". The way the Zags hung on late in the game was also impressive, coming up with multiple stops in the final minute to finish off the two-point win. But Jones's dunk caught back iron-hard-and caromed all the way to midcourt, where Perkins collected it and fed Clarke for a layup.
It was Duke's first loss in the history of the Maui Invitational Tournament. Williamson needed a few minutes to adjust to the talent that greeted him inside but ultimately emerged as Duke's emotional engine.
After being forced to win from the perimeter against Auburn Tuesday, the Blue Devils have focused on attacking the interior against Gonzaga.
Duke may not lose again, or it may not lose until April in Minneapolis when it meets Gonzaga again or another inner-circle national title contender in the Final Four, or it may lose to in and dynamic freshman Romeo Langford on Tuesday night. Gonzaga's starting five has two juniors, a sophomore and a senior.