DUKE COOKS MICHIGAN
Mad enough to fire the ball at a Michigan player and pick up a technical foul in the first half, Quinn Cook channeled his anger to help Duke swat away the Wolverines.
Cook scored all 24 of his points in the second half as No. 10 Duke defeated No. 22 Michigan 79-69 late Tuesday night in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
“Quinn was magnificent,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “Even though he didn’t score in the first half he managed the team well. We told him to be very aggressive in the second half.”
Cook made 6 of 8 shots in the second half as well as hitting all 10 of his free throws.
“That’s how he plays,” Duke forward Rodney Hood said. “He puts pressure on the defense. He knocks down shots. He’s one of the best shooting point guards in the country. We followed him.”
Cook’s strong second half came after an ugly incident in the first half. He and Michigan’s Jon Horford became tangled up under Michigan’s basket and Cook wound up flying into the stands.
Cook grabbed the bouncing ball nearby and threw it at Horford, hitting him. Cook was called for a technical foul.
“That’s my boy,” Cook said. “Like an old-school, backyard fight. Big dude threw me in the stands and the only way I could retaliate was with the ball. That’s my guy. A little altercation but nothing more.”
Cook’s play turned beautiful on offense in the second half. He became the first player other than Jabari Parker or Hood to lead Duke in scoring in a game this season.
That was according to Michigan coach John Beilein’s defensive plan. But it backfired.
“We were not going to let those two (Hood and Parker) get 26 to 28 and beat us,” Beilein said. “We tried to load up on them and it didn’t work. Hindsight’s 20-20.”
After leading by 10 points at halftime, Duke (7-2) saw Michigan cut its lead to 46-40 when Caris Lavert drove for a layup, drew a foul and sank a free throw with 9:01 left.
Duke had missed 14 of 18 3-pointers up to that point, but that statistic and the game were about to change in a major way.
Andre Dawkins, who had played sparingly up to that point, entered the game for Duke during the free throw break and made an immediate impact.
Dawkins caught a pass on the left wing, squared up and drilled a 3-pointer. After another Michigan missed shot, Duke regained possession. This time, Dawkins took a pass at the top of the key and sank a 3-pointer pushing Duke’s lead to 52-40 with 8:04 left.
“Those two 3s were just huge,” Krzyzewski said. “I’m really happy for him. He’s getting into better shape.”
Beilein agreed that sequence was a turning point.
“(Dawkins) made two great 3s during that time, and that was a huge difference for us,” Beilein said. “Big makes by them and we couldn’t come back again after that. It was 10 or 12 the whole game, and now we get it to six and it’s right back to 12 — that’s tough.”
Levert sank two free throws leaving Duke with a 52-42 lead. But Duke moved the ball around in the half-court offense before Cook sank a 3-pointer over Michigan’s zone for a 55-42 Duke lead.
Following a Michigan miss, Dawkins drove the lane to score on a one-handed scoop giving Duke its largest lead at 57-42 with 6:33 to play.
Duke’s lead never fell below 10 points the rest of the game.
The Blue Devils limited Michigan to 44.6 percent shooting in the game. That included 30.8 percent in the first half when Duke led by as many as 12 points.
“Our guys played really well tonight,” Krzyzewski said. “They played outstanding on the defensive end.
Michigan (5-3) became the victim as Duke extended its home winning streak against non-conference foes to 107 games. The streak, the longest in the nation, dates back to February 26, 2000.
No. 10 DUKE 79, No. 22 MICHIGAN 69
Percentages: FG .446, FT .842.
3-Point Goals: 3-13, .231 (Albrecht 1-2, LeVert 1-3, Irvin 1-3, Stauskas 0-1, Walton Jr. 0-2, Robinson III 0-2).
Team Rebounds: 2.
Blocked Shots: 0.
Turnovers: 12 (Stauskas 3, Walton Jr. 3, Robinson III 2, LeVert, Albrecht, McGary).
Steals: 1 (Stauskas).
Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .500, FT .833.
3-Point Goals: 8-23, .348 (Dawkins 2-2, Thornton 2-4, Hood 2-6, Cook 2-7, Parker 0-2, Jones 0-2).
Team Rebounds: 2.
Blocked Shots: 3 (Plumlee, Jefferson, Hood).
Turnovers: 7 (Hood 2, Cook 2, Jones, Parker, Thornton).
Steals: 4 (Cook 2, Jefferson, Dawkins).
Technical Fouls: Cook, Bench.
Officials_Roger Ayers, Bryan Kersey, Ed Corbett.