Duke vs. Gonzaga Basketball Highlights (2018-19)

Duke vs. Gonzaga Basketball Highlights (2018-19)

Duke vs. Gonzaga Basketball Highlights (2018-19)

LAHAINA, Hawaii-Gonzaga has come out scorching from the field in the Maui Invitational championship game and leads the Blue Devils 47-39 entering the break.

However, Gonzaga has controlled the pace from the onset and has given Duke its first real challenge of the season.

Duke may have come up short, but it wasn't due to a lack of effort, as Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett, the team's two best players, combined for a stellar 45 points, in a fairly even split. Rui Hachimura scored 20 points for the Zags in the win.

The Blue Devils are now 5-1 on the season and fans are now hit with the reality that this season is going to bring.

The 20-year-old junior shot 7-for-14 from the floor and 5-for-9 from the line for a team-high 20 points, and added seven rebounds, five assists and three blocks in the 89-87 win over a No. 1-ranked Duke team featuring several highly touted pro prospects, including likely top National Basketball Association pick Zion Williamson. With Gonzaga protecting a 17-15 lead, Blue Devils point guard Tre Jones pounced on a loose ball and glided the other way for a Tomahawk slam that would have set the Lahaina Civic Center shaking. Barrett, the consensus No. 1 recruit in the 2018 freshman class, took the shot at the end of five possessions in the final minute that would have either tied the game or given Duke the lead, and none fell. But Jones's dunk caught back iron-hard-and caromed all the way to midcourt, where Perkins collected it and fed Clarke for a layup.

After a pair of silent first halves against Auburn and San Diego State, Williamson was the focal point of Duke's offense from the onset. Williamson needed a few minutes to adjust to the talent that greeted him inside but ultimately emerged as Duke's emotional engine.

Not many teams can do what the 'Zags did to beat the top-ranked Blue Devils.

We discussed it for 23 minutes straight.

Gonzaga (6-0) put on an offensive show in the first half and battened down on defence after Duke made a second-half charge, blocking four shots in the final 46 seconds to win its second Maui title. Gonzaga's starting five has two juniors, a sophomore and a senior.

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