WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Luke Kennard hit a 3-pointer with 6.6 seconds left and scored 30 of his 34 points in the second half to lift No. 17 Duke to a thrilling comeback 85-83 victory at Wake Forest on Saturday, Jan. 28.
After a poor start in which he scored just four points in the first half, Kennard went 10-of-10 from the floor, including 5-of-5 from 3-point range in the second half to lead the way for the Blue Devils, who trailed 83-76 with 2:11 left in the game.
Overall, the sophomore guard shot 11-of-14 and made all six of his attempts from 3-point range in this game.
“I was kind of inward, I was thinking about, `What can I do to help us?” Kennard said.
“I wanted to change that in the second half and just be all about what’s going on around us, and not let anything affect the way I play.”
“I thought we fought, we let out, we were free,” he added. “We had freedom.”
Grayson Allen added 19 points with five 3s, including a key long-range bucket late in the second half to help Duke shoot 63.0 percent in the second half and picked up a much-needed comeback win on the road.
“Luke was a beast for us in the second half,” Allen admitted.
He added: “As a team, we just got to keep knowing we’re a group of talented guys.
“We’re good, but we just have to come together and be a good team.
“It’s having that belief, and I think we showed that belief in the second half, when we came together like that.”
Freshman Jayson Tatum, who is averaging 15.1 points per game for the Blue Devils (16-5, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), was held to just eight points on a season-low six attempts before fouling out late in the second half.
Bryant Crawford scored a career-high 26 points and pulled down six rebounds to lead Wake Forest (12-9, 3-6 ACC), which led 42-32 at halftime.
He was also hit with a technical, following a scuffle in front of the Duke bench that also involved Grayson Allen.
John Collins scored 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting to go with eight rebounds, while Keyshawn Woods finished with 15 points in the defeat for the Demon Deacons, who shot 47.3 percent but were just 6-of-20 from 3-pointers.