DURHAM | Ky Bowman stood out.

Standing on the blue that covers the court at Cameron Indoor Stadium, his bright red hair caught the ire of the Cameron Crazies, Duke’s eccentric fans.

Bowman, a Havelock native and freshman guard at Boston College, returned to North Carolina Saturday afternoon to play a college game in the state where he developed his game.

“It’s a great experience to play here in front of a packed crowd, but I just block them out. Every other team, they are going to do the same thing,” said Bowman.

Bowman made his 13th start of the season in Boston College’s 16th game in front of family and his former Havelock coaches.

He scored 19 points, with 10 in the second half, in the Eagles’ 93-82 loss at Duke.

“It was great to be back here in North Carolina, because I play all the way in Boston, and play in front of my family, it felt good,” Bowman said.

Bowman also recorded three rebounds, four assists and three steals in 36 minutes, while turning the ball over five times. He made 8-of-15 from the court, but made his first four attempts.

“That’s a freshman on the road. They weren’t decision plays, just ball-handling mistakes, things he’s probably not used to because he hasn’t had a lot of that, but that’s not an excuse for him,” said Boston College coach Jim Christian.

“He’s not young, he’s played 15 games. He has to get better and he will. He played a great game, did everything we wanted, and attacked the basket.”

Bowman netted nine points in the first five minutes, but didn’t score the rest of the half as Boston College trailed 53-34.

Despite falling behind by as many as 24 in the second half, Bowman helped the Eagles cut the deficit to six points.

He scored with 44 seconds remaining to close the gap to 86-80, and seconds later, scored to push his team to an 88-82 deficit.

“I knew we were going to keep fighting and play throughout the whole game,” Bowman said. “We’ve been through situations like this before. We just played our heart.

“I feel like I am seeing more than I did at the start. I’m understanding the tempo and how to play at this level. I just have to know where to go.”

Boston College sophomore Jerome Robinson, who played his high school ball at Raleigh Broughton, added 21 points.

Bowman said the only Duke player he knew ahead of Saturday’s game was freshman Harry Giles, who posted 12 points for the Blue Devils prior to fouling out.

It was Bowman’s second game in a row playing in the state. He scored 14 points on just 3-of-15 shooting in Boston College’s 79-66 loss at Wake Forest in Winston-Salem last Tuesday.

Bowman is scoring more than 12 points per game and has already been named Atlantic Coast Freshman of the Week on twice this season.

“I think I’ve showed a lot, showing that these teams passed on a lot. I went to BC and I made a good decision,” Bowman said.

Adam Thompson is the Sports Editor at the Sun Journal. He can be contacted at 252-635-5669. Follow Adam on Twitter @A_ThompsonNBSJ