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S.F. Austin upsets Duke on layup at OT buzzer

Kevon Harris, right, scored 26 points to fuel

Kevon Harris, right, scored 26 points to fuel Stephen F. Austin to an 85-83 overtime victory over Duke and Tre Jones on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, in Durham, N.C.   Credit: AP/Gerry Broome

DURHAM, N.C. — Nathan Bain stole the ball and hit a layup at the overtime buzzer and Stephen F. Austin knocked off No. 1 Duke, 85-83, on Tuesday night, ending the Blue Devils’ 150-game home winning streak against nonconference opponents.

They became the first non-Atlantic Coast Conference team to beat Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium in nearly 20 years and the second unranked team to upset a No. 1-ranked team on its home floor in two weeks after Evansville went into Rupp Arena and stunned Kentucky, 67-64.

“I told our players, ‘Banners can’t beat us tonight,’" Stephen F. Austin coach Kyle Keller said. “The players have to beat us.”

Duke had the ball in the closing seconds of overtime, but Tre Jones missed a jumper with about 15 seconds left and Wendell Moore rebounded it. Hounded by the Lumberjacks, Hurt threw the ball away in a scramble with about 3 seconds left and it went to Bain — who went the length of the floor for a buzzer-beating layup.

“I looked up at the clock and saw I had 2.6 seconds, just going as fast as I can to lay it up. Like a layup drill. Prayed it would go in,” Bain said. “I wasn’t sure if the guy was going to foul me or not. Get it on the rim to give us a chance.”

Kevon Harris scored 26 points and Gavin Kensmil added 15 for the Lumberjacks (5-1), who from the Southland Conference.

Vernon Carey had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Blue Devils (6-1), who had 22 turnovers and were just 11-for-24 from the free-throw line in the second half.

Tre Jones had 17 points and 12 assists, but also had eight turnovers against a high-pressure Stephen F. Austin defense that is the nation’s best at generating takeaways.

There were two ties and a lead change in the final minute of regulation, with Kensmil tying it at 81 with his layup with 19 seconds remaining. That left Duke with the last shot before OT, but after Jones missed a turnaround jumper with about 4 seconds left, the rebound was batted around to Stanley, whose jumper off the glass went off the rim at the buzzer.

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