Duke basketball: Kyle Filipowski sick on bench due to nerves

Duke basketball forward Kyle Filipowski (Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports)
Duke basketball forward Kyle Filipowski (Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports) /

The moment of the NCAA Tournament got to Duke basketball freshman Kyle Filipowski. 

Even for star freshman Kyle Filipowski the stage of the NCAA Tournament was intimidating to the Duke basketball forward.

Filipowski started for the No. 5 seed Blue Devils in its Round of 64 matchup against No. 12 seed Oral Roberts but his time on the court did not last long.

Duke sprinted out to a 15-0 lead against the Golden Eagles but at the under-12 media timeout the Most Valuable Player of the ACC Tournament was not with his team in the huddle.

CBS Sports reported that the Westtown, New York native was back in the tunnel as he was sick.

Filipowski did not have a reported illness rather team officials said he was just overwhelmed by the moment.

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The freshman eventually returned to the game but was one of the few Blue Devils to struggle in its dominant first half with two points, five rebounds, and an assist on just 1-of-5 shooting from the floor and missed his only 3-point attempt.

Kyle Filipowski did manage to play 15 minuets in the first half despite his nervous stomach.

Duke leads Oral Roberts at halftime, 40-23.

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Jeremy Roach and Dariq Whitehead lead the way with 13 and 10 points, respectively, as the Blue Devils shot a scorching 50.0-percent from the floor and 40.0-percent from 3-point range.

Oral Roberts, who entered the game averaging 84.2 points per game, was held to just 26.5-percent from the floor (9-of-34) and a startling 20.0-percent from distance (3-of-15).

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The winner will face either No. 4 seed Tennessee or No. 13 seed Louisiana on Saturday in Orlando, Florida.

The second half between Duke and Oral Roberts can be seen on CBS.

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