Coming off emotional week, Duke revs it up and whips Wake
Unable to match its level of play from Saturday’s game at Syracuse early against Wake Forest, No. 11 Duke muddled through and survived Tuesday night.
Of course, it only had to muddle for the first 12 minutes or so because once the Blue Devils found that higher level, they quickly left the short-handed Deacons behind.
An impressive 18-1 run last in the first half helped Duke build a 13-point halftime lead and the Blue Devils routed Wake Forest 83-63 in ACC basketball at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The Blue Devils (18-5, 7-3 in ACC) returned to their winning ways after dropping a tough 91-89 overtime game at No. 1 Syracuse three nights earlier.
“We beat the emotional hangover of being in two amazing games last week, especially the game over the weekend,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said of the Blue Devils’ 80-65 win at Pittsburgh and the Syracuse loss.
Duke has now won six of its last seven games overall. The Blue Devils also extended their Cameron Indoor Stadium winning streak to 29 consecutive games dating back to March 3, 2012.
Jabari Parker led Duke with 21 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore guard Rasheed Sulaimon scored 19 points while senior guard Andre Dawkins hit 4 of 7 3-pointers and scored 17 points.
Rodney Hood, Duke’s second-leading scorer this season with a 17.3 average, made just 3 of 10 shots to score eight points.
But Sulaimon and Dawkins more than made up for Hood’s off night.
“That gives us another life, another strength,” Parker said. “People expect me and Rodney to do most of the scoring. But when we have other guys coming off they can do just as well.”
Playing without leading scorer Codi Miller-McIntyre (sprained ankle), Wake Forest (14-9, 4-6) dropped its third consecutive game.
The Blue Devils, who made 15 3-pointers at Syracuse, sank 12 of 26 against Wake Forest.
Duke became the first team since Colgate, way back in the season opener on Nov. 8, to hit 10 or more 3-pointers against the Deacons, who were the second-toughest team in the ACC to hit a 3-pointer against. Wake’s opponents had hit just 28.5 percent of their 3-pointers.
Wake Forest shot well over the game’s first nine minutes, with Miles Overton scoring eight points and Devin Thomas seven, to lead 25-22.
But after Tyler Cavanaugh scored inside to give the Deacons that three-point lead with 11:05 to play, Wake Forest made just two field goals (both dunks) the rest of the first half.
One of those slams, by Travis McKie, came with 7:21 to play and gave Wake Forest a 27-26 lead.
But when Parker hit a step-back jump shot with 6:02 left in the first half, the score was tied at 28 and Wake Forest would never lead again.
“The last eight minutes of the first half we really started playing well defensively and our execution on offense was outstanding,” Krzyzewski said.
At 5:28, Rodney Hood sank a jump shot a couple of feet out from where Parker hit his and Duke had the lead for good at 30-28.
When Wake Forest committed back-to-back turnovers on its next two possessions, Hood drilled a pair of 3-pointers
A steal by Duke’s Tyler Thornton, who knocked the ball away and saved it back in to Parker, turned into a Parker slam dunk putting Duke up 38-28.
“That was really great,” Parker said of Thornton’s play. “All praise to him. People should give him a lot of praise and a lot of credit for the lead that we ended up getting. His energy rubbed off on us.”
Thomas sank a free throw to temporarily slow Duke’s surge, but Thornton and Sulaimon sank consecutive 3-pointers for the Blue Devils to push their lead to 44-29.
Duke needed seven minutes of second-half play to push its lead to 20 points and the Blue Devils led by as many as 24 points as they cruised to their eighth consecutive win over the Wake Forest.
|No. 11 DUKE 83, WAKE FOREST 63|
Percentages: FG .487, FT .688.
3-Point Goals: 3-8, .375 (Overton 2-4, Williams 1-3, Cavanaugh 0-1).
Team Rebounds: 0.
Blocked Shots: 0.
Turnovers: 19 (Thomas 4, Adala Moto 4, Cavanaugh 3, Williams 3, Jones 2, Overton 2, McKie).
Steals: 4 (Jones 3, Overton).
Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .509, FT .654.
3-Point Goals: 12-26, .462 (Dawkins 4-7, Sulaimon 2-3, Hood 2-4, Cook 2-6, Ojeleye 1-1, Thornton 1-4, Parker 0-1).
Team Rebounds: 2.
Blocked Shots: 2 (Parker 2).
Turnovers: 11 (Hood 3, Sulaimon 3, Cook 2, Parker, Jefferson, Dawkins).
Steals: 10 (Thornton 3, Parker 2, Sulaimon 2, Jones, Dawkins, Plumlee).
Technical Fouls: None.
Officials_Brian Dorsey, Sean Hull, Les Jones.