DURHAM For the majority of the game, it looked liked No. 4 Ohio States first trip to Cameron Indoor Stadium would end with a Buckeyes victory.
But thanks to timely sharpshooting from Ryan Kelly behind the arc and another double-double from Mason Plumlee, No. 2 Duke was able to come from behind and win 73-68. Duke has won 97 straight non-conference gamesthe longest active streak in the nation.
Plumlee finished with 21 points and 17 rebounds. He was also 9-of-12 from the free throw line, including two key makes to put Duke ahead 60-56 with 2 minutes remaining in the game. Kelly contributed 15 and was 3-of-5 from 3-point range.
A Kelly 3-pointer early in the game put Duke ahead 9-7 with 14:38 left in the first half. Duke wouldnt lead again until Kelly hit another 3 with 5:42 left in the game to put Duke ahead 56-53. The Blue Devils held onto the lead the rest of the way.
Trailing by a 31-23 margin at the half, Duke (7-0) started its comeback at the beginning of the second period.
Two high-energy dunks from Mason Plumlee kept the energy high for Cameron Indoor early in the second half. Plumlee saved an errant ally-oop pass from Cook with his long reach and slammed it home one-handed to cut the lead to 33-27. Ohio State head coach Thad Matta called a timeout, and the Buckeyes Evan Ravenel converted an easy bucket after the break.
A few minutes later, a Cook steal ended up in Plumlees hands and in the basket made it 37-32. A Ryan Kelly fade-away jumper from the paint brought Duke within three points on the next possession.
Ohio State (4-1) appeared to grab back momentum after the media timeout at the 14:18 mark as Sam Thompson responded with his second dunk of the half and Deshaun Thomas hit a 3 to push the lead back to 42-34. But Rasheed Sulaimon scored on an off-balance jumper from the paint, and Cook got a tough lay-up to hit high off the glass and fall through, and Duke was back within four points, tailing 42-38 with 11:55 to go.
Duke was able to make it a one-possession game again with Seth Curry hit his first field goal of the game to cut it to 46-44 with 9:58 left in the game. Plumlee answered am Aaron Craft jumper with a hook shot, and it was 48-46 Ohio State with 8:40 remaining.
A Deshaun Thomas 3-pointer extended to Buckeyes lead to 51-46.
Duke continued to chip away at the lead. Sulaimon hit a 3-pointer with 6:45 left to make it a one-point game at 51-50. A Ryan Kelly 3 on Dukes next possession tied the game at 53-53.
Kelly hit another 3 on the ensuing possession to put Duke ahead 56-53 with 5:42 left in the game. It was the Blue Devils first lead since Kellys first-half 3 made it 9-7 with 14:38 left in the first half.
Craft hit one of two free throws on Ohio States next possession, and a Quinn Cook lay-up that rimmed out was stuffed home by Plumlee to give Duke a two-possession lead at 58-54.
A Craft jumper pulled Ohio State back within two points at 58-56, but after Plumlee made two free throws and Craft went 1-for-2 on his attempts, Cook drove the lane to put Duke ahead 62-57 with 1:31 left in the game.
Thomas was called for goaltending on a Sulaimon shot on Dukes next possession, and the Blue Devils led 64-57. A Sulaimon dunk with a minute remaining appeared to seal the game, but six free throws from Quinn Cook and two from Plumlee in the last 27 seconds fended off a late Buckeyes' run. The win was Dukes third victory over a top-five opponent this season.