Found March 17, 2012 on Fox Sports Carolinas:
GREENSBORO, N.C. --- Lehigh pulled off one of the more remarkable upsets in NCAA Tournament history Friday night by beating Duke 75-70 at the Greensboro Coliseum. Seeded 15th in the South Region, the Mountain Hawks rode a 30-point night from guard C.J. McCollum and capitalized on a poor effort by the second-seeded Blue Devils in notching the schools first ever NCAA Tournament victory. Duke led 30-28 at the half, but Lehigh kept taking it to the Devils and at one point had a 67-59 lead with a couple of minutes left. Lehigh improved to 27-7 and advanced to Sundays third round while Duke ended its season at 27-7. Here are both teams' grades for their performances Friday night: Lehigh offense: McCollum was 9-for-24 from the floor, but thats really misleading. He was fantastic, as many of his misses made Dukes defense move and helped give the rest of his teammates confidence they could do things as well. Lehigh shot 42.3 percent from the floor and had only nine offensive rebounds. But they did so many little things to make up for that. Grade: B. Duke offense: Duke is still a bit disjointed without Ryan Kelly on offense. Kelly is really the only other lateral player on the team aside from Austin Rivers, and his presence, especially at 6-foot-10, allows Duke more angles and space lanes to run its motion and sets. The Devils resembled more a bunch of individuals than a team. They shot 41.4 percent from the floor, including 23.1 percent from 3-point range (6-for-26). Dukes ugly offensive play of the last couple of weeks never improved. Grade: D. Lehigh defense: The Mountain Hawks didn't ball-hawk, didnt flail arm after arm in passing lanes, and didnt run anything tricky at the Blue Devils, they basically just stayed in front of the guys with the ball and executed their principles well. It was enough to frustrate Duke into breaking down from its sets time and time again. Grade: B. Duke defense: The Blue Devils have struggled with quick guards all season and Lehighs pair really made life difficult for Duke. It wasnt just their handle what they got from it, they were excellent moving without the ball and getting open, coming off screens and used ball screens well. In the end, Duke couldnt guard the guards, especially McCollum, and there wasnt much help for the helpers. Grade: D. Lehigh intangibles: The Mountain Hawks played with fire, determination, confidence and they were the aggressor. Mike Krzyzewski called them "bold" and they were. To be bold means you are either stupid or confident. Lehigh was confident from the opening tip and never let up. Grade: A. Duke intangibles: The Blue Devils played hard in some ways, but their collective focus was poor. Quite frankly, there were stretches where they played like they wanted the season to end. There was no leadership, no sense of urgency, and little communication. The better team on the floor on this night won, and the Devils knew it. Grade: F.
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