No. 6 Duke Upends No. 14 Kansas in Maui Finals, 68-61
Nov. 24, 2011
The second half was a back-and-forth affair, with both teams battling for baskets on each possession. The Blue Devils quickly closed the gap in the early minutes of the second period, tying the game at 43 at the 15:57 mark. From there on in the lead changed hands 11 times with neither team getting a lead of more than two points over the suspenseful 12-minute stretch.
As nearly all the Duke-Kansas matchups have ended in the past, this game would come down to the wire as well. The Jayhawks, trailing 63-61 with 50 seconds remaining, needed to stop Duke for one more possession for a try to tie or take the lead. However with, 20 seconds remaining Duke guard Tyler Thornton heaved in a desperation three-pointer that would eventually seal the win for the Blue Devils.
With his 17 points, Taylor became the 54th player in school history to hit the 1,000-point mark. He now ranks 52nd on the all-time scoring charts with 1,013 career points.
Kansas junior center Jeff Withey was a force inside recording his first double-double of his career with 14 points and 10 rebounds, notching career-highs in both points and rebounds.
As a team, the Jayhawks shot 42 percent from the field, to Duke’s season-low 39.3 percent. KU also won the battle in the paint for the third-consecutive game, outrebounding the Blue Devils 35-29 and outscoring Duke in the paint 28-20.
Kansas will return home to host Florida Atlantic on Nov. 30. The game will be televised on the Jayhawk IMG Television Network with a 7 p.m. tip. Complete pregame, in-game and postgame audio for all KU men’s basketball games can be heard on AT&T Jayhawk All-Access via kuathletics.com.