(Durham, N.C.) — Welcome back Ryan Kelly.
The senior scored a career-high 36 points in his first game back in over a month, leading No. 3 Duke (25-4, 12-4 ACC) to a thrilling 79-76 victory over No. 5 Miami, at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Kelly hit 10-of-14 shots, including seven three-pointers, as Duke was able to avenge a blowout road loss to Miami from earlier this season.
“I mean, me saying `spectacular’ or whatever doesn’t do his performance justice,” head coach Mike Krzyzewski said about Kelly’s performance. “One for the ages. Probably as good a performance as any player has had, a Duke player has had, in Cameron.”
The Blue Devils built a double-digit lead with under two minutes remaining, but Miami didn’t go away quietly. They chipped away at the lead and got to within two before Seth Curry sealed the game at the free-throw line.
Shane Larkin led the Hurricanes (23-5, 14-2) with 25 points, but he and teammate Rion Brown both missed potential game-tying three-pointers in the final seconds of the game.
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