Marcus Hatten was alone on the court with 19,610 people watching.
The St. John's senior was fouled with no time left on the clock and he stepped to the free throw line with a chance to give struggling St. John's an upset of No. 6 Duke.
With the sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden silent, Hatten made the free throw to cap a 12-0 run and give the Red Storm a 72-71 victory that snapped a four-game losing streak.
Hatten had 29 points, including 16 of the last 22 for the Red Storm (13-12), which held the Blue Devils scoreless over the final four minutes.
"Hatten was really good," Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "He kept making plays and put himself in a position to get fouled."
When Hatten made the free throw, he jumped into his teammates' arms and started a celebration, something the Red Storm hadn't been able to do in a while.
"No matter how much they got up, we never gave up," said Hatten, who didn't even bother with the second free throw.
Duke (20-5) had the ball with the score tied and 30 seconds to play after Hatten missed a jumper. The Blue Devils did not call a timeout, running their offense to try for a possible game-winning attempt.
But Hatten stole the ball from Daniel Ewing near midcourt and went to the basket, getting fouled by Ewing as the buzzer sounded.
The Red Storm had lost seven of nine and was 1-5 in its last six home games. St. John's trailed 70-60 with 4 minutes 5 seconds left when Duke's Dahntay Jones, who had 23 points, made one free throw.
Hatten and fellow senior Anthony Glover took over, scoring all but one of the points in the game-closing run.
Glover and Kyle Cuffe each had 12 points for St. John's, which lost, 97-55, to Duke last season.
* KENTUCKY 74, GEORGIA 66: Marquis Estill had 16 points for the second-ranked Wildcats, who forced five straight turnovers during a game-deciding run to beat the No. 21 Bulldogs in Athens, Ga., for their 18th straight victory.
The Bulldogs were playing their first game without assistant coach Jim Harrick Jr., who was suspended after a former player accused him of paying part of his expenses and committing academic fraud.
The player, Tony Cole, also told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he used the personal credit card of head coach Jim Harrick to buy a TV while he was enrolled in school.
Chuck Hayes added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Wildcats (24-3, 14-0 Southeastern Conference), who clinched a share of the Eastern Division title.
Ezra Williams had 17 points for Georgia (17-8, 9-5).
* PITTSBURGH 71, CONNECTICUT 67: Julius Page scored 11 straight Pittsburgh points early in the second half, then sealed the game on a free throw with five seconds left as the No. 8 Panthers won at home.
Pittsburgh (21-4, 11-3 Big East) stopped a six-game losing streak to the Huskies (18-7, 9-5), who led by 13 points in the first half.
* CALIFORNIA 80, ARIZONA ST. 72: Joe Shipp, the Pacific-10's leading scorer, had 21 points and Amit Tamir and Brian Wethers added 20 each to lead the No. 23 Golden Bears in Berkeley, Calif.
Cal (20-6, 13-4) won its 13th conference game -- the most victories for the school in Pac-10 play since finishing 13-5 and in second place in the 1993-94 season.
Curtis Millage had 20 points for Arizona State (17-10, 9-7).