NEW YORK – Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak says the Utes weren't fixated on avenging the Sweet 16 loss to Duke in March.
That doesn't mean the Utes aren't savoring the 77-75 upset of No. 7 Duke at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. Kyle Kuzma scored 21 points to lead Utah (9-2) and Jakob Poeltl had 19 points and 14 rebounds before fouling out with 31 seconds left in OT.
"It's a very emotional win," said Poelt. "It's just a great feeling."
Duke's Luke Kennard led all scorers with 24 points. Grayson Allen entered the game averaging 21.4 points for Duke (9-2), but he didn't score until 1:50 into the second half and finished with seven points. Coach Mike Krzyzewski said Allen had been sick for two days with the flu.
"Both teams played their hearts out," Krzyzewski said. "Either one would have been worthy of winning, so I'm not disappointed in my team."
Eight points in 16 seconds by Kennard cut Utah's lead to 77-75. A Utah turnover gave Duke a chance to tie, but Brandon Ingram missed a layup.