The Duke Blue Devils suffered their second loss of the season, losing 78-73 to the Temple Owls on Jan. 4. Coming into the game, the third ranked Blue Devils were expected to make quick work of Temple, but the Owls had ideas of their own.
"I want to congratulate Dunph [Temple coach Fran Dunphy] and his team," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski told reporters after the game. "I thought they played really hard. He's one of the best coaches in the United States, and he has good, tough kids. They know how to play. They played with great toughness, camaraderie. They just outplayed us. They made big shots. Their perimeter really controls the tempo of the game with such a veteran perimeter. We obviously didn't play very well, but that doesn't take away from how well they played."
The Owls were determined to upset the Blue Devils, and they came out firing right from the start. Despite the Owls' impressive play, the Blue Devils kept fighting back until the final moments of the game.
In the end, the Blue Devils had no answers for Khalif Wyatt, who hit a couple of big three pointers that sealed their fate.
Mason Plumlee had a big performance for the Blue Devils, finishing with 16 points and 13 rebounds (game high). Miles Plumlee had a solid showing as well, putting up 17 points and 4 rebounds against the Owls.
Freshman Austin Rivers struggled against Temple, shooting 27 percent from the field. Still, he managed to walk away with 12 points and 4 rebounds.
"We were slow and they played a lot harder than we did," Rivers said after the game. "Every 50-50 ball, they got them. They just outhustled us. We have a great team, but we just didn't fight tonight."
The Blue Devils' next game will be against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Jan. 7. The Yellow Jackets are currently on a three game losing streak, and the Blue Devils should be able to get back to their winning ways against them.
Associated Press, "Khalif Wyatt, Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson spark Temple's upset win"
GoDuke.com, "Quotes: Temple 78, Duke 73"
Player and game information from ESPN.com
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