Wake Forest spurt leaves No. 1 Duke in dust 15-1 final run does in Blue Devils, 72-68

February 24, 1992

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Top-ranked Duke has slowed the pace in its past five games since point guard Bobby Hurley went down with a broken foot.

Yesterday, the Blue Devils hit a wall.

Anthony Tucker scored 24 points and hit the go-ahead basket with 1:25 left to lead Wake Forest to a 72-68 upset, Duke's second loss this season.

The Blue Devils (21-2, 11-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference) led by as many as 10 points with nine minutes remaining, but were outscored 15-1 during the final 5:19, as Wake Forest shot 62 percent in the second half.

"One of my teams in the last couple of years has never made that many mistakes down the stretch," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "Wake Forest put us in a position at times, but in other times we lost the game. We have to take full responsibility."

In its 21 victories, Duke won by an average of almost 20 points. But in four victories without Hurley, it hasn't won a game by more than 10.

"I have no problem with losing," Krzyzewski said. "I do have a little bit of a problem with these giveaway games."

Duke, which turned the ball over 15 times, took its final lead at 68-67 after Brian Davis made one of two free throws with 1:45 left. But Tucker, who scored a career-high 31 points in an upset victory over Duke last season, made his 12-foot go-ahead jumper 20 seconds later to put the Deacons up for good.

"Maybe I just get up for these games," said Tucker, who made nine of 15 shots. "I went out being aggressive. Against Duke you can't be passive because of the way they pressure the ball. If you are passive they will take it from you."

Duke, which won by only two points at home Thursday to last-place Maryland, stumbled down the stretch without Hurley.

"You have to play like you have something to prove," Davis said. "People are trying to kill us, not just beat us, but kill us. We have to play our best basketball."

Grant Hill, who has moved to point guard with Hurley out, missed two free throws with 1:08 left and Thomas Hill, who scored 20, traveled after being pressured by Tucker as the Blue Devils attempted to take the lead with 13.1 seconds left.

Chris King, a 66.7 percent free throw shooter, then made three of four foul shots in the final 11.8 seconds to secure the win as Wake Forest's fans stormed the court.

"There is no question we are not at the peak of our game right now," Krzyzewski said. "It's been a long month and without Bobby it's a longer month."

Rodney Rogers, who was 5-for-5 in the second half, had a total of 18 points for the Demon Deacons (16-7, 7-6).

DUKE -- Davis 4-8 4-5 12, Lang 1-2 4-4 6, Laettner 7-11 3-5 18, G.Hill 6-8 0-4 12, T.Hill 8-12 1-1 20, Clark 0-0 0-0 0, Blakeney 0-0 0-0 0, Parks 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-42 12-19 68.

WAKE FOREST -- Rogers 9-11 0-1 18, C.King 3-7 3-4 9, Medlin 1-1 0-0 2, Tucker 9-15 6-10 24, McQueen 2-9 3-4 8, Hicks 1-1 0-0 2, Doggett 0-0 0-0 0, Rasmussen 0-0 2-2 2, Owens 3-4 1-1 7. Totals 28-48 15-22 72.

Halftime--Duke 35, Wake Forest 33. 3-point goals--Duke 4-7 (T.Hill 3-4, Laettner 1-1, Davis 0-2), Wake Forest 1-6 (McQueen 1-6). Fouled out--Davis. Rebounds--Duke 22 (Lang, G.Hill 6), Wake Forest 21 (Rogers 6). Assists--Duke 10 (G.Hill 5), Wake Forest 16 (McQueen 6). Total fouls--Duke 15, Wake Forest 14. Technicals--Laettner 2, Duke bench. A--14,673.

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