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BOSTON (AP) -- Josh McRoberts scored 18 points and grabbed eleven rebounds to help Duke avoid its first five-game losing streak ever in coach Mike Krzyzewski's 27-year tenure. The Blue Devils beat Number 21 Boston College 78-to-70 tonight.
Duke was playing their first game after dropping out of the Top 25 for the first time in nearly 11 years. The loss snapped the Eagles' four-game winning streak.
Boston College put on a second half run to close a 24-point deficit to six in the final two minutes.
Demarcus Nelson, who spent most of his night containing ACC scoring leader Jared Dudley, added 15 points for Duke.
Sean Marshall led the Eagles with 23 points and Tyrese Rice had 22.
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