Duke, Parker overwhelm UNC Asheville

Nov. 18, 2013 @ 11:46 PM

On a night when he surpassed the 20-point mark yet again, Duke fabulous freshman Jabari Parker displayed a glimpse of what could be a weakness.

His 21-point, 10-rebound effort, his second consecutive double-double, helped Duke swat away UNC Asheville 91-55 Monday night in an NIT Season Tip-Off Tournament first-round game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Parker posted all of that production in 19 minutes as he scored more than 20 points in a game for the fourth time in four tries this young season.

However, the six turnovers he committed were more than any other player for Duke, which had 16 turnovers.

But that, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said, can be chalked up to selflessness, not sloppiness, as Parker made too many passes.

“We got a lead,” Krzyzewski said. “He was trying to get everybody to be better. I think a few times he overdid it. A number of turnovers were from interior passes. The interior is not a strength of our team. It’s a part of our team. The strength is on the perimeter. Our strength is Jabari having the ball and doing something with it, for him. I don’t fault him for getting his teammates involved. That’s a good quality for him.”

Named the ACC rookie of the week for the second consecutive week earlier Monday, while also sharing the league’s player of the week award with Boston College’s Olivier Hanlan, Parker hit 8 of 13 shots against Asheville (1-3). He dished out four assists, proving that not all of his passes were errant.

The smooth 6-8 forward from Chicago will carry a 22.8 scoring average into an NIT Season Tip-Off second-round game against East Carolina tonight (6 p.m., ESPNU).

“They gave us a good game for a mid-major opponent,” Parker said of Asheville. “I think we played well for what they had and what they gave us.”

In addition to what Parker delivered, redshirt sophomore forward Rodney Hood also had a big night. The 6-8 forward scored 18 points while recording four rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Hood’s personal 7-0 run late in the first half allowed Duke to push its lead to 20 points for the first time while also bringing the Cameron crowd to its feet.

First, Hood stole the ball and completed a nifty move on a dribble drive that allowed him to elude two Asheville defenders and score inside.

A minute later, he soared through the lane for a left-handed tomahawk dunk.

“After I dunked,” Hood said, “I don’t know what happened after that. That’s the most excited I’ve gotten in a while.”

But he wasn’t done.

After an Amile Jefferson steal, Tyler Thornton hustled the ball up the court and tossed a pass to Hood in the left corner. He drilled a 3-pointer, giving Duke a 44-24 lead.

“It was so much fun, just making the big play,” Hood said. “And I think that really picked up our intensity and got the fans into it. It was a great energy boost and that’s the thing I have to do. I have to bring the energy and give my teammates energy.”

Duke’s guards contributed as well. Andre Dawkins made three 3-pointers to score 13 points. Starting point guard Quinn Cook had 10 points.

Freshman Semi Ojeleye also scored 10 points, entering the game in the first half and sinking a pair of 3-point shots that admittedly caught his teammates off guard.

“To be honest,” Hood said. “He shocked a couple of us when he came in and the first time he touched it he shot it. He kind of shocked me on that one. But he hit it, hit two straight and he played comfortably offensively. He was a man down there defensively.”

The Blue Devils made 8 of 13 3-pointers in the first half to overwhelm Asheville.

Defensively, Duke held Asheville’s leading scorer, freshman guard Andrew Rowsey, to two points on 1 of 7 shooting. Rowsey entered the game averaging 19.7 points per game this season.

No. 6 DUKE 91, UNC ASHEVILLE 55

FG |FT |Reb|

UNC ASHEVILLE |Min |M-A |M-A |O-T |A |PF |PTS

Lane |21 |2-8 |0-0 |2-2 |0 |3 |5

Hughes |27 |7-15 |0-2 |2-3 |1 |3 |16

Cunningham |21 |2-5 |1-3 |3-6 |0 |4 |5

Rowsey |33 |1-7 |0-0 |0-3 |3 |2 |2

Littlejohn |33 |1-9 |3-4 |0-2 |2 |1 |5

Wilmoth |2 |0-0 |0-0 |0-0 |0 |0 |0

Robertson |25 |3-5 |5-6 |0-1 |2 |2 |12

Bedulskis |2 |0-1 |0-0 |0-1 |0 |0 |0

Pal |7 |0-1 |0-0 |1-2 |0 |1 |0

Zilli |2 |0-0 |0-0 |0-0 |0 |1 |0

Casper |2 |0-0 |0-0 |0-0 |0 |0 |0

Biggerstaff |2 |0-1 |1-2 |2-2 |0 |0 |1

Roberts |23 |3-5 |3-4 |2-4 |1 |4 |9

Totals |200 |19-57 |13-21 |13-28 |9 |21 |55

Percentages: FG .333, FT .619.

3-Point Goals: 4-14, .286 (Hughes 2-4, Lane 1-1, Robertson 1-2, Rowsey 0-3, Littlejohn 0-4).

Team Rebounds: 2.

Blocked Shots: 3 (Lane, Roberts, Cunningham).

Turnovers: 15 (Robertson 4, Hughes 3, Littlejohn 2, Rowsey 2, Casper, Cunningham, Lane, Roberts).

Steals: 10 (Hughes 4, Cunningham 2, Littlejohn 2, Lane, Robertson).

Technical Fouls: None.

FG |FT |Reb

DUKE |Min |M-A |M-A |O-T |A |PF |PTS

Parker |19 |8-13 |4-6 |4-10 |4 |3 |21

Hood |27 |6-8 |3-4 |1-4 |3 |1 |18

Jefferson |19 |1-1 |1-2 |3-6 |2 |3 |3

Cook |31 |4-8 |2-4 |0-0 |5 |2 |10

Sulaimon |13 |1-2 |1-1 |0-4 |0 |1 |3

Thornton |16 |1-3 |0-0 |0-1 |3 |3 |3

Murphy |9 |0-2 |0-0 |0-0 |1 |0 |0

Jones |14 |1-4 |2-2 |0-3 |1 |1 |4

Hairston |13 |1-2 |2-2 |2-4 |0 |2 |4

Ojeleye |14 |3-3 |2-3 |2-5 |1 |0 |10

Dawkins |18 |4-7 |2-2 |0-3 |1 |1 |13

Plumlee |7 |1-1 |0-0 |0-1 |0 |1 |2

Zafirovski |0 |0-0 |0-0 |0-0 |0 |0 |0

Totals |200 |31-54 |19-26 |13-42 |21 |18 |91

Percentages: FG .574, FT .731.

3-Point Goals: 10-23, .435 (Hood 3-4, Dawkins 3-6, Ojeleye 2-2, Parker 1-2, Thornton 1-3, Jones 0-1, Murphy 0-2, Cook 0-3).

Team Rebounds: 1.

Blocked Shots: 4 (Hairston, Ojeleye, Parker, Plumlee).

Turnovers: 16 (Parker 6, Hairston 2, Hood 2, Ojeleye, Sulaimon, Cook, Thornton, Dawkins, Plumlee).

Steals: 7 (Hood 2, Ojeleye, Parker, Jones, Thornton, Jefferson).

Technical Fouls: None.

UNC Asheville |28 |27—55

Duke |48 |43—91

A|9,314.

Officials|Mike Eades, Wally Rutecki, Earl Walton.