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WILSON SETS DUKE SINGLE-GAME RUSHING MARK IN 41-3 ROUT OF KANSAS
On an easy day of football for Duke, freshman Shaun Wilson introduced himself to the rest of the ACC in a big way on Saturday.
The freshman running back ran for a 245 yards and three touchdowns, setting three Duke records along the way, as the Blue Devils routed Kansas 41-3 at Wallace Wade Stadium.
Wilson set the Duke single-game rushing record and became the first Duke freshman to rush for three touchdowns in game. He broke the previous single-game rushing record total of 238, set by Robert Baldwin against Maryland in 1994.
A Charlotte native, Wilson scored on runs covering 69, 68 and 45 yards.
The win gives Duke (3-0) an unbeaten record after three games for the first time since the Blue Devils started 7-0 in 1994.
Quarterback Anthony Boone and wide receiver Max McCaffrey also contributed to the blowout, connecting for touchdowns covering 36 yards in the first quarter and 10 yards in the third quarter.
BLUE DEVILS' FAB FROSH BEGAN JOURNEY TO DURHAM WITH USA BASKETBALL
Two years ago, half a world away, Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones helped win gold for USA Basketball.
While that made the trip to Lithuania successful, it also set the stage for where the three are beginning their college basketball careers.
“The idea definitely started,” Okafor said. “Me and Tyus always had the dream of potentially going to the same university together. But in Lithuania, that’s where we first mentioned to Justise that it would be pretty cool if he could jump on the bandwagon and go with us.”
While Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski and associate head coach Jeff Capel are in Spain coaching USA Basketball to a meeting today (3 p.m., ESPN2) against Serbia for the FIBA World Cup championship, freshmen Okafor, Winslow and Jones are attending classes at Duke. On the court, they’re going through workouts with Duke assistant coaches Nate James and Jon Scheyer when not playing pick-up games with their new Blue Devils teammates.
It may not have happened if it wasn’t for USA Basketball, which brought the three together on the team that went undefeated in 2012 to win the U-17 World Championships.
Duke’s coaches point to the team’s play on first down as an area in need of improvement.
After a few weeks of troubling news on the injury front, Duke has a good health vibe this week. Linebacker C.J. France, who missed the 34-17 win over Troy with a leg injury last week, practiced this week and will available for the Blue Devils’ game with Kansas on Saturday (3:30 p.m., Fox Sports Carolinas). Also available will be defensive tackles Jamal Bruce and Jamal Wallace, both hurt at Troy on Saturday.
The Americans moved within a victory of repeating as world champions for the first time with a 96-68 victory over Lithuania on Thursday night.
David Cutcliffe is getting ready to coach Saturday against a man he never really got the chance to work with — Charlie Weis. Cutcliffe spent only a few months on Weis’ first staff at Notre Dame in 2005 and resigned without ever coaching a game there because he had complications following open heart surgery.
Junior forward had been recovering from hip injury all summer
Last season, Duke proved to be the better team the later it got in games. Opponents averaged scoring just 4.64 points per game in the fourth quarter, which made Duke among the 25 stingiest fourth-quarter teams. In the second half last season, teams averaged scoring only 12.29 points. “I hope it continues, because it allows you to win football games,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe said.
AMERICANS BURY SLOVENIA IN 3RD PERIOD AFTER LEAD SLIPS TO 5
Klay Thompson scored 20 points and James Harden had 12 of his 14 in the third quarter after a scoreless first half, helping the U.S. turn a close game into a 119-76 rout of Slovenia on Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the Basketball World Cup.
Kenneth Faried also had 14 for the Americans, who will play Lithuania on Thursday in Barcelona for a spot in Sunday’s gold-medal game in Madrid. Lithuania beat Turkey 73-61 earlier Tuesday.
Derrick Rose finished with 12 points after coming into the game shooting 8 for 37 in the World Cup.
Goran Dragic of the Phoenix Suns lead Slovenia with 13 points.
The Americans led by only five points early in the third quarter before tearing off a 27-10 run. Harden and Stephen Curry finally got going after the All-Stars combined to miss all 12 shots in the first half.
That made it 76-54 with about two minutes left in the period, and the game turned altogether lopsided after the Americans scored the first 10 points of the fourth quarter to lead 96-64.
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