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Duke vs. Louisville: Live Score, Highlights and Reaction

DURHAM, NC - FEBRUARY 08:  Damion Lee
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Carol SchramFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 5, 2017

The No. 18 Louisville Cardinals rebounded from an eight-point deficit at halftime to beat the undermanned No. 20 Duke Blue Devils 71-64 on Saturday.

Already without injured starter Amile Jefferson, Duke also lost guard Matt Jones to a sprained ankle in its win over North Carolina on Wednesday. Jones warmed up Saturday, but he did not play, leaving the Blue Devils with just a seven-man rotation.

In the first half, Duke needed just one man. Grayson Allen dominated and finished with a game-high 29 points before fouling out late in the second half.

As the Blue Devils grew more fatigued, however, Louisville started to take control. Once the Cardinals gained the lead with 6:16 remaining, they did not give it up the rest of the way.

Damion Lee finished with a team-high 24 points for Louisville on 8-of-17 shooting, while Chinanu Onuaku chipped in a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards.

With no postseason opportunity for the Cardinals this year, they'll have to settle for a shot at the conference championship. They are 10-4 in the ACC with four games remaining.

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