After trailing for 30:21 of game time to Wake Forest, the Duke Blue Devils rode on the back of sophomore star Luke Kennard in mounting an improbable second half comeback.
Kennard, who finished the game 11 of 14 from the floor for 34 points in definitely establishing himself as Duke's go-to player, knocked down all six of his 3-point attempts. The final shot from distance may have saved Duke's season, an extended-elbow triple with just over six seconds and the Blue Devils trailing by one.
That was enough, barely, as Duke hung on 85-83 by the skin of its teeth.
Luke Kennard Game Winner! pic.twitter.com/Hr7oh7stTE— Duke Nation 5X (@Dukenation5) January 28, 2017
Here's another angle:
No. 17 #Duke scores 6pts in final 55 seconds to beat Wake 85-83.— Marilyn Payne (@marilyn_payne) January 28, 2017
Late 3ptrs by Grayson Allen&Luke Kennard (34pts) made difference.#wralpic.twitter.com/Pj4N066Qr7
Kennard knocked down all 10 of his shot attempts in the final 20 minutes, scoring 30 in the second half alone.
With the win, Duke is back to 4-4 in the ACC and sinks Wake Forest to 3-6 in conference play.