Marvin Bagley III Scores 34 as Duke Comes Back to Beat Texas in OT

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistNovember 25, 2017

Duke forward Javin DeLaurier drives to the basket past Texas guard Eric Davis Jr. during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Phil Knight Invitational tournament in Portland, Ore., Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
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The No. 1 Duke Blue Devils overcame a 16-point, second-half deficit to beat the Texas Longhorns 85-78 in overtime Friday in the PK80 Phil Knight Invitational at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.

Superstar freshman forward Marvin Bagley III dominated for the Blue Devils with a game-high 34 points to go along with 15 rebounds.

Junior forward Dylan Osetkowski paced the Longhorns with 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while Mo Bamba finished with nine points and 10 rebounds before fouling out late in the second half.

Duke improved to 7-0 in the win, while Texas fell to 4-1.

With the victory, Duke will face the winner of Friday night's game between Florida and Gonzaga on Sunday, while Texas will take on the loser on the same day.

Per ESPN Stats & Info, Texas fell to 0-5 all-time against the Blue Devils and 0-10 against the Associated Press' top-ranked team.

Their inability to stop Bagley down the stretch contributed heavily to the loss, as Bagley turned in a historic performance by tying the Duke single-game freshman scoring record set by J.J. Redick in 2003, according to Duke Men's Basketball Stats.

The first half was all Texas, as it raced out to a big lead and held a 12-point advantage after 20 minutes of play.

As pointed out by ESPN's Mike Schmitz, Osetkowski's stellar play went a long way toward helping Texas build the lead:

Also, Duke gave the Longhorns far too many scoring opportunities during the first half.

According to Seth Davis of CBS Sports, the Blue Devils turned the ball over at will and allowed Texas myriad second chances on its offensive possessions:

Despite the fact Duke is stacked with elite-level athletes, Texas showed it could compete with the Blue Devils from a physical perspective as well.

The chief example of that came courtesy of guard Kerwin Roach II in the first half when he scored two of his 18 points courtesy of a monstrous dunk, per SportsCenter:

Texas had a great deal of success scoring in the paint, which was key since it made just four of its 23 attempts from long range in the game.

According to ESPN's Jeff Borzello, Duke offered little resistance to the likes of Osetkowski, Bamba and Jericho Sims while Texas built a 16-point lead in the second half:

The tide began to turn in Duke's favor near the midway point of the second half, and it chipped away at Texas' lead when the Longhorns went cold from the field.

Gary Trent Jr. gave Duke a 73-72 lead with 31 seconds left in regulation on an old-fashioned, three-point play, but Texas tied it back up when Matt Coleman made one of his two free-throw attempts.

Duke had a chance to win it with the final shot, but Bagley settled for a contested three, which was a decision Borzello questioned:

Eric Bossi of Rivals.com didn't think much of the shot selection either:

Grayson Allen fouled out late in the second half after scoring 12 points, which meant the game was firmly in Bagley's hands from Duke's perspective in overtime.

Bagley rose to the challenge and made up for his questionable shot late by scoring eight of Duke's 12 points in overtime to seal the come-from-behind win.

Texas was unable to handle Bagley in the paint throughout the overtime period, and Duke's go-to offensive play in the extra time was feeding him down low.

The Blue Devils struggled mightily at both ends of the floor for long stretches but won the game anyway. With arguably the leading Player of the Year candidate in Bagley at its disposal, Duke is in position to have a long run as the nation's No. 1 team.

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