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Plumlee Free Throw Excels Blue Devils Past Boston College: 62-61

With four of the top-5 ranked teams losing this week, all No. 4 Duke had to do was defeated Boston College and would be almost all but guaranteed to be ranked No. 1 again.

Feb 10, 2013; Chestnut Hill, MA, USA; Duke Blue Devils guard Quinn Cook (2) raises his right hand in celebration of narrowly defeating the Boston College Eagles 62-61 at Conte Forum. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

When the Blue Devils arrived at Boston College on Sunday, the Eagles has less than a 10 percent chance of beating Duke. With just minutes remaining in a classic ACC conference showdown, Boston College had a 50/50 chance after all to win it.

It was a free throw from Mason Plumlee that gave the Blue Devils the one point edge over Boston College in the end.

The effort of Boston College should not go unnoticed however. Boston College lost to North Carolina State by just a few points and then would only lose to Duke by one. They kept even with the Blue Devils in the first half and remained close until the end.

Granted it was a controversial final few seconds that many fans felt Duke got away with two fouls (via Quinn Cook), but the refs kept the game clock running and time ran out for the Eagles.

Despite winning and being the only remaining top-5 team to win this week, it was a sloppy win for Duke. Miami has continued to play strong ball and Indian rebounded strongly Sunday night. Duke will remain in the top-5 but did the earn the top spot after all?

Player of the Game: Mason Plumlee

  • Scored game winning free throw
  • 19 points | 10 rebounds | 2 assists | 2 blocks | 1 steal

Final Score: Duke 62 – Boston College 61

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Topics: Basketball, Boston College Eagles, Duke Blue Devils, Mason Plumlee

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