BOSTON, Sporting Alert – Ky Bowman flirted with a triple-double with 30 points, nine rebounds and nine assists and Boston College upset No. 1 Duke 89-84 in the ACC opener for both teams on Saturday.
“I think this is probably going to be one of the top ones,” Bowman said.
His coach coach Jim Christian added: “We’re putting one up for this one.
“That’s where I would put it. If you get a poster up on that wall, that’s a big thing because of the proud history of this place.”
The Eagles (7-3), who handed the Blue Devils (11-1) their first loss of the season, made an impressive 15 3-pointers on the day with 11 of them coming in the first half alone.
Jerome Robinson hit five 3-pointers and shot 8 of 11 from the field for 24 points, while Jordan Chatman added 22 points, including hitting four straight free throws in the final 16 seconds to go with six rebounds for Boston College.
“I told these guys how fortunate they were because there’s a lot of guys playing college basketball who are in great programs that will never get a chance to play the No. 1 team in the nation at home,” Christian said.
“For them, individually, (it’s a) lifetime memory and a great step for our program.”
Gary Trent Jr led Duke with 25 points, while Marvin Bagley III recorded his 10th double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Blue Devils, who trailed 48-41 at halftime.
Grayson Allen finished with 14 points, six assists and five steals, while Wendel Carter Jr. and Trevon Duval each scored 10 points for the top-ranked team in the country.
Duke erased a 10-point deficit in the second half and took 79-75 lead on a Trent Jr 3-pointer with 3:33 to play.
However, Boston College scored 12 of the next 14 points and took the lead for good on big 3-pointers from Robinson with 1:20 remaining.
The Eagles, who have won three straight games against the No. 1 team in the AP Top 25, then knocked down their free throws down the stretch to create the biggest upset of the season so far.
Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski gave credit to Boston for coming out and taking the game with both hands.
The veteran coach, though, says his team has to “get better.”
“This isn’t about us being horrible. This is about how great they were. They were terrific. Not good, terrific,” Krzyzewski said.
“We’ve got to get better. But I knew that. If we won, I would tell you we have to get better.”
Duke shot 46 percent from the floor, but missed 22 of its 30 attempts from 3-point range, while Boston College shot 51 percent from the field and 58 percent from long-range.
“They made almost every shot that left their hands,” Bagley III said. “It’s going to be like that some games.”
Duke plays Host to Evansville on Dec. 20.
Boston College stays home to entertain Columbia on Tuesday.