Duke Blue Devils forward Luke Kennard

Kennard Helps No. 18 Duke Held off Clemson, 64-62

DURHAM, N.C. — Luke Kennard scored 20 of his 25 points in the second half and No. 18 Duke held on to beat Clemson 64-62 at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Kennard, who shot 7-of-16 from the floor overall, went 5-of-9 in the second half and hit three 3-pointers during that period.

Shelton Mitchell had a career-high 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting to lead Clemson, who shot 37.9 percent from the field.

Elijah Thomas added 15 points and nine rebounds for the Tigers (13-11, 3-9), who have lost three straight.

Jaron Blossomgame, who is averaging 17.8 points per game this season, was held to just seven points and nine rebounds today for Clemson, which hasn’t won at Cameron Indoor Stadium since 1995.

It was the first time Duke, which knocked off No. 8 North Carolina earlier in the week, was winning five in a row since the beginning part of the season.

“These last couple weeks, we’ve grown a lot,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said.

“We’re a team, and we’re getting better, and we’ve been, really, very tough. Hopefully, we can keep that going.”

Up next for the Duke Blue Devils is a visit to No. 12 Virginia on Wednesday night.

The Clemson Tigers, who have lost nine of the last 11 games, return home on Tuesday night to entertain Wake Forest hoping to snap their dismal run.

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