PORTLAND, Ore. – No. 1 Duke rallied from a double-digit deficit to overcome Texas 85-78 in overtime and advanced to the PK80 Invitational tournament championship game on Friday.
Both teams are playing in the Motion Bracket at the Moda Center, which is home of NBA team Portland Trail Blazers.
The Blue Devils fell behind by 16 points with almost 11 minutes to play in regulation, but fought back to send the game into overtime and then sealed the victory without Grayson Allen, who fouled out.
Marvin Bagley III led the way for Duke (7-0) with career-high 34 points (12 of 19) and 15 rebounds, while fellow freshman Gary Trent Jr added 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists in the win.
Bagley III tied J.J. Redick’s record for most points by a Duke freshman.
“I coached the USA team for a long time, and he’s of that ilk,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said of Bagley III, who became the first Duke freshman to have five double-doubles across his his opening seven games.
Coach K added: “Marvin was, as they say in the NBA, a PROBLEM… with a capital P.”
Also making big-time contributions were freshman Wendell Carter Jr, who had 14 points, 11 rebounds, two steals and two blocks and Allen, who scored 12 points with five assists before fouling out with 2:00 left in the 2nd half.
Dylan Osetkowski had 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists to lead the way for Texas, with Kerwin Roach II scoring 18 points in the loss.
Andrew Jones finished with 16 points and six assists and Mohamed Bamba grabbed 10 rebounds and nine points before leaving the contest with five personal fouls for the Longhorns (4-1), who were losing for the first time this season.
Coach Krzyzewski commended his team for trusting the process during the difficult period of the contest.
“The kids believed in what we were doing and they believed in each other… It was a magical win.”
Both teams struggled shooting the ball from long-range.
Texas was 4 for 23 from 3-pointers, while Duke went 3 for 18.
The Longhorns dominated the early parts of the game and went into the halftime break leading 43-31.
Duke got within seven points at 49-42 with 15:11 left in regulation, but Texas, which was searching for its first-ever victory over a top-ranked team, used another brisk run to take a 62-46 with 11:16 to play in the second half.
However, Duke chipped away at the lead en route to sending the game into overtime after both teams were locked at 73-73 the end of 40 minutes.
With five freshmen on the floor in the last couple of minutes of regulation and in overtime, Duke grew up on the night, as it outscored Texas 12-5 in the extra period to complete its 6th-largest comeback in program history.
The Blue Devils will now player the winner of the second PK80 invitational semi-finals between No. 7 Florida and No. 17 Gonzaga.