Duke Inexplicably Loses to St. Johns 81-77; Allen, Duval & Trent Jr. Combine for 10 Turnovers

Brian HoraceGame Results, General Information2 Comments

Instead of taking care of business the Duke Blue Devils showed why they are one of the most mercurial teams in the ACC. Blowing a 7 point halftime lead to a St. Johns team that had lost 11 straight games. Duke spent much of the first half turning the ball over and much of the second half being beaten by a Red Storm team that they let stay in the game. Duke’s back-court was the main culprit, never seeming like they were on the same page on either end of the floor – and disappearing offensively when Duke was in dire need of stability. Gary Trent Jr. scored a team high 22 points in the loss.

10 of the Duke 18 turnovers were committed by Duke guards and with a chance to take the lead in the waning seconds Trevon Duval missed 2 free throws. Duke was able to close the lead to 77-76 with 33.4 seconds left on a Grayson Allen 3 pointer but just too much St. Johns in the end.

Duke Drops to 19-4.

Duke’s 18 turnovers were the story of the game, along with the inept ball-handling and decision making my Trevon Duval, Gary Trent Jr. and Grayson Allen.