No. 1 Duke Upset By 27.5-Point Underdog Stephen F. Austin

Playing at home, Duke fell to unranked Stephen F. Austin 85-83 in overtime

Top-Ranked Duke Knocked Off By 27.5 Point Underdog Stephen F. Austin
Wendell Moore Jr. of the Duke Blue Devils. (Emilee Chinn/Getty)
By Evan Bleier / November 27, 2019 9:06 am

Approximately two weeks after top-ranked Kentucky was upset by 25-point underdog Evansville, another No. 1 NCAA team was knocked off by an unranked team.

Playing at home in front of the Cameron Crazies in Durham, Duke fell to unranked Stephen F. Austin 85-83 in overtime.

With the extra period nearly over, Nathan Bain went coast-to-coast for a layup just before time expired to give the Lumberjacks the win over the Devils.

“I looked up at the clock and saw I had 2.6 seconds, just going as fast as I can to lay it up. Like a layup drill. Prayed it would go in,” Bain said. “I wasn’t sure if the guy was going to foul me or not. Get it on the rim to give us a chance.”

The loss snapped Duke’s 150-game home winning streak against non-conference opponents, a run that started nearly 20 years ago.

Favored by 27.5 points at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook prior to the game, Duke suffered the largest upset in a Division I men’s basketball game over the past 15 seasons, according to ESPN.

In the win, the Lumberjacks relied on an inside game instead of a barrage of 3-pointers and scored 64 points in the paint, the most Duke has allowed in a game in 10 seasons.

Bain had 11 points in the win while Kevon Harris scored 26 and Kensmil added 15 for the Lumberjacks (5-1).

Vernon Carey had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Blue Devils (6-1),

Thanks to the loss, Duke will likely fall out of the No. 1 spot in the AP rankings, the same thing that happened to Kentucky earlier this month when the lost at home to unranked Evansville.

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