#3 Cards Hold Off Late Charge by #17 Duke to Win 17th Straight

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Asia Durr had 22 points and came back from a first-half leg injury to grab a key rebound late that helped No. 3 Louisville survive a fourth-quarter rally by No. 17 Duke for a 66-60 victory on Thursday night.
Louisville (17-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) appeared in control with a 15-point lead midway through the third quarter. But the Cardinals made just 7 of 26 shots in the second half, allowing Duke to and get within 63-60 on Haley Gorecki's 3-pointer with 2:54 remaining.
Duke missed its final three shots, and Louisville's Sam Fuehring made two free throws with 22 seconds left before Durr added the final one six seconds later to extend the Cardinals' best start in school history.
Durr made 8 of 14 shots but left the game for several minutes in the second quarter with the injury. The junior guard returned to score the final three of a 17-point half that paced the Cardinals' 57-percent shooting and helped them withstand the Blue Devils' charge.
Gorecki made 10 of 14, including five 3s, for a career-high 25 points to lead Duke (11-4, 0-2), which outshot Louisville 49 percent to 43 percent.
Duke: After shooting just 35 percent at Miami, the Blue Devils made 15 of 21 in the first half (71 percent). But they didn't shoot a 3 until the second quarter, while Louisville had four by then, creating a hole for Duke to climb out of. Gorecki's perimeter shooting helped, but 15 turnovers led to 21 Cardinal points, and Duke missed key shots down the stretch.
Louisville: The Cardinals had 15 assists on 17 shots in the first half, many coming on good looks. Those shots weren't falling after halftime, though, especially in the fourth quarter. But they came up with timely rebounds down the stretch. Myisha Hines-Allen had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Fuehring had 12 points.
Duke hosts North Carolina State on Sunday.
Louisville hosts Virginia on Sunday in its final tune-up before hosting No. 2 Notre Dame on Jan. 11.

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