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Duke’s Williamson to miss third straight game with knee injury

Duke v Syracuse

SYRACUSE, NY - FEBRUARY 23: Zion Williamson (C) of the Duke Blue Devils reacts from the bench against the Syracuse Orange during the second half at the Carrier Dome on February 23, 2019 in Syracuse, New York. Duke defeated Syracuse 75-65. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)

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DURHAM, N.C. — Duke star freshman Zion Williamson will miss a third straight game because of a mild right knee sprain.

The school made the announcement about five hours before the third-ranked Blue Devils’ game against Miami on Saturday.

Williamson was hurt in the opening minute of an 88-72 loss to North Carolina last week. He planted his foot while dribbling and his left shoe tore apart.

In his absence, Duke won at Syracuse but lost at No. 20 Virginia Tech.

Williamson ranks second in the league in scoring, averaging 21.6 points. He also ranks among the league leaders in rebounding, shooting percentage and steals.