BLACKSBURG, Va. – Duke freshman Kyle Filipowski logged his fourth consecutive double-double, but Duke fell to Virginia Tech on Monday night, 78-75. Filipowski scored a career-high 29 points while grabbing 10 rebounds for the Blue Devils (14-6, 5-4). Tyrese Proctor and Dariq Whitehead also finished in double-digits with 10 points apiece. Whitehead scored all 10 of his points in the first half, before exiting the game late in the first half with a lower-leg injury.
Filipowski set a new career-high in scoring on 9-of-17 shooting from the field (.529), including a new career-high four shots from beyond the arc. The Westtown, N.Y. native now has 10 double-doubles on the year and is averaging 23.0 points and 13.3 rebounds over his last four games. The freshman has scored 10 or more points in 18 of Duke’s 20 games this season, including in each of Duke’s last six contests.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Duke got off to a quick start, scoring seven points in the first 1:20 of the game. Kyle Filipowski scored four of the Blue Devils’ first seven on a put-back layup and a breakaway dunk.
- The Hokies used a hot performance from beyond the arc, 5-of-7 (.714), to grab a 25-19 lead with 11:30 remaining in the first half.
- Dariq Whitehead reached double-digits for the sixth time in the last eight games with his third three-pointer of the first half and narrowed the Blue Devils’ deficit to eight, 38-30, at the final media timeout of the opening frame.
- The Blue…