Hood, Dawkins, Parker light it up as Duke rebounds
Rodney Hood didn’t do enough when No. 4 Duke last played a basketball game.
Andre Dawkins wasn’t asked to do anything at all.
On Friday night, returning to the court following Tuesday night’s loss to No. 5 Kansas in Chicago, both did their best to atone.
A clearly more aggressive Hood scored 28 points while Dawkins shot his way to 17 as the Blue Devils routed Florida Atlantic 97-64 at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Their production, along with 21 points and 10 points from freshman Jabari Parker, allowed the Blue Devils (2-1) to bounce back from the 94-83 loss they suffered to the Jayhawks at Chicago three nights earlier.
“I thought our guys responded real well,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “We worked real hard. Shared the ball. Rodney really asserted himself early. Andre keeps having better practices.”
Hood, a redshirt sophomore forward and one of Duke’s team captains, scored 11 points against Kansas and was hard on himself in his post-game comments for a lackluster effort.
He brought that anger into Friday night’s game.
“I let my teammates down the last game by not being aggressive,” Hood said. “But I’m moving forward and looking forward to the rest of the season.”
Dawkins, a redshirt senior who sat out last season, didn’t play against Kansas. But in 19 minutes against Florida Atlantic (1-2), Dawkins sank 5 of 8 3-pointers as he flashed the jump shooting ability Krzyzewski said after the game that Dawkins had been dealing with a back injury that had slowed him in practice until this week. But his health improved over the last two days.
As a result, Dawkins’ production was his best of the young season and he heard the Cameron Crazies chanting his name once again.
“It was nice,” Dawkins said. “I was missing that for a year.”
At the same time, Dawkins knew he had to keep working on the defensive end. So he didn’t bask in the attention.
“It feels good to hit shots and hear the fans,” Dawkins said. “But at the same time, I’m focused on what’s going on on the court.”
Parker had another solid game following his 27-point effort against Kansas. He’s surpassed the 20-point mark in all three of his games for Duke.
But Parker also noticed that Hood had the hot hand and he wasn’t shy about making sure his teammate got his shots.
“I don’t look for points,” Parker said. “I don’t look for individual goals. Everything is with the team. Like I said to Rodney ‘If you are hot, we are going to get you going.’ It’s not just one person.”
Duke made 54.8 percent of its shots against the Owls, marking the third time in three games this season the Blue Devils have shot 51 percent or better.
The Blue Devils didn’t need much time to take control against the Owls. Three-pointers from Quinn Cook, Parker, Tyler Thornton and Dawkins gave Duke a 21-5 lead less than seven minutes into the game.
By halftime, Hood already had 19 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field and a perfect 9-of-9 from the free throw line as Duke led 52-29.
“He was more aggressive, using his body to get to the free throw line,” Cook said. “He was more aggressive in practice and in the game, too.”
Krzyzewski said the staff’s instruction to Hood centered on specific situations in the Kansas game where he missed opportunities to drive to the basket.
“Against Kansas, those reads were there and he wasn’t taking advantage of them,” Krzyzewski said. “What you do is show him tape and say `Do you see it?’ He said yes. I said, `Did you see it in the game?’ And he said he wasn’t looking for it. I said if he doesn’t look to read he’s not going to be as good a player.”
Hood made that adjustment and the result was a big night for him and a lopsided win for Duke.
|No. 4 DUKE 97, FAU 64|
Percentages: FG .371, FT .583.
3-Point Goals: 4-15, .267 (Bertone 2-5, Trapp 1-3, Botley 1-4, Pate 0-1, Johnson 0-2).
Team Rebounds: 1.
Blocked Shots: 5 (Penn 4, Sekelja).
Turnovers: 14 (Johnson 4, Morrow 2, Bertone 2, Botley 2, Trapp, Raffington, Sekelja, Penn).
Steals: 5 (Trapp 2, Johnson, Raffington, Penn).
Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .548, FT .708.
3-Point Goals: 12-23, .522 (Dawkins 5-8, Parker 4-6, Cook 2-4, Thornton 1-1, Sulaimon 0-1, Hood 0-1, Jones 0-1, Murphy 0-1).
Team Rebounds: 4.
Blocked Shots: 3 (Jefferson, Ojeleye, Parker).
Turnovers: 9 (Cook 3, Murphy, Jones, Jefferson, Parker, Hairston, Sulaimon).
Steals: 8 (Cook 2, Sulaimon 2, Parker 2, Jefferson, Hood).
Technical Fouls: None.
Officials_Les Jones, Raymond Styons, Anthony Franklin.