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Stephen F. Austin cuts down No. 1 Duke in overtime

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Stephen F. Austin forward Nathan Bain (23) and guard David Kachelries (4) celebrate Bain’s game winning basket against Duke in overtime of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019.
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Stephen F. Austin forward Nathan Bain (23) drives for a game winning basket over Duke forward Jack White (41) during overtime in an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. Stephen F. Austin won 85-83.
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Stephen F. Austin forward Nathan Bain (23) watches the game winning basket fall as Duke forward Jack White (41) defends during overtime in an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. Stephen F. Austin won 85-83.
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Stephen F. Austin guard Oddyst Walker (11) and guard David Kachelries (4) pressure Duke forward Jack White (41) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019.
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Stephen F. Austin guard Kevon Harris drives to the basket against Duke forward Jack White (41) and guard Cassius Stanley (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019.
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Duke center Vernon Carey Jr. (1) and guard Tre Jones, right, guard Stephen F. Austin forward Gavin Kensmil (14) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019.
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Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski reacts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Stephen F. Austin in Durham, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019.

DURHAM, N.C. — Nathan Bain stole the ball and hit a layup at the overtime buzzer and Stephen F. Austin knocked off No. 1 Duke 85-83 on Tuesday night, ending the Blue Devils’ 150-game home winning streak against nonconference opponents.

They became the first non-Atlantic Coast Conference team to beat Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium in nearly 20 years and the second unranked team to upset a No. 1-ranked team on its home floor in two weeks after Evansville went into Rupp Arena and stunned Kentucky 67-64.

“I told our players, ‘Banners can’t beat us tonight,’” Stephen F. Austin coach Kyle Keller said. “The players have to beat us.”

Duke had the ball in the closing seconds of overtime, but Tre Jones missed a jumper with about 15 seconds left and Wendell Moore rebounded it. Hounded by the Lumberjacks’ high-pressure defense, Hurt threw the ball away in a scramble with about 3 seconds left and it went to Bain — who went the length of the floor for a buzzer-beating layup.

“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.”

Kevon Harris scored 26 points and Gavin Kensmil added 15 for the Lumberjacks (5-1).

Vernon Carey had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Blue Devils (6-1), who had 22 turnovers and were just 11 of 24 from the free-throw line in the second half.

Tre Jones had 17 points and 12 assists — but also had eight turnovers against a high-pressure Stephen F. Austin defense that is the nation’s best at generating takeaways.

There were two ties and a lead change in the final minute of regulation, with Kensmil tying it at 81 with his layup with 19 seconds remaining. That left Duke with the last shot before OT, but after Jones missed a turnaround jumper with about 4 seconds left, the rebound was batted around to Stanley, whose jumper off the glass went off the rim at the buzzer.

BIG PICTURE

Stephen F. Austin: No question the Lumberjacks earned the biggest victory in program history, becoming the first non-ACC team to come into Cameron and win since St. John’s did it in February 2000.

Duke: The Blue Devils’ run at No. 1 will end after two weeks, with this young team coming apart under the pressure of Stephen F. Austin’s tenacious defense.

UP NEXT

Stephen F. Austin: Visits Arkansas State on Saturday.

Duke: Plays host to Winthrop on Friday night.

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