The Duke Blue Devils won their 20th game of the season in last nights dominating win over Boston College. They will head to Charlottesville next but the staff is not just resting and preparing for that game.
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The Duke Blue Devils gained their 20th win of the season with a victory over Boston College in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The win pushed the Blue Devils ACC record to 8-1 on the season and 20-2 overall.
Duke would go into the halftime locker room trailing by 2 as the Eagles kept it close with their 3 point shooting while Duke was 1-14 from three. The Blue Devils came out of the gate quick in the second half when and an 8-0 run forced an early Eagles timeout and it was all Duke from that point on,
Zion Williamson had another double-double for the Blue Devils with 16 points and 17 rebounds.
R.J. Barrett was saddled with three early fouls but adjusted and ended he game with 19 points and 5 rebounds.
Cam Reddish led Duke with 24 points, one shy of his career high of 25 against Army West Point.
The Blue Devils outscored the Eagles 52-35 in the second half which pleased Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski. Perhaps Duke was looking ahead to Virginia but Boston College made them show up after a strong opening.
One of the main reasosn Duke won was their work on the defensive boards, Duke also took advantage with points off turnovers where they outscored their opponent 17-7.
Duke will face Virginia in Charlotteville this Saturday at 8:00 where the winner takes possession of first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
There have been times in the past where St. John's has played Duke tough and even defeated them a year ago. When today's game in Cameron the two teams met again, but after a close and physical start, the Blue Devils settled in for an impressive 91-61 victory.
Duke has not lost a non conference in Cameron since 1980 and that just so happened to be against the Johnnies, so protecting the streak was important. The Blue Devils seemed riled after a flagrant foul call and turned on the jets.
Before that happened, Cam Reddish knocked down three-pointers as Duke found themselves in a tussle. He would end the game with 16 points
It was Zion Williamson that would wake up and take things personally. He had the usual array of dunks and became unstoppable on his way to a game-high 29 points
The ACC's leading scorer in R.J. Barrett was held to 16 points but he made up for that with 4 assists and 14 rebounds. Barrett told Blue Devil Nation that his teammates allowed the ball to come his way,
It was perhaps, Tre Jones who was the most impressive of the freshman with his lockdown defense on Shamorie Ponds. Jones led his team in assists as well with 7 and seemed more comfortable than at any other time since his return from injury.
Duke also benefitted from the consistent play of Marques Bolden who added 10 points as the fifth Blue Devil to score in double-figures. In fact, all the starters had said double figures
This was a good day for Duke in that they reached deep once Coach Mike Krzyzewski's coat hit the floor and they cruised to a solid win over what will likely be an NCAA Tournament team in St. John's
With the win, Duke moves to 19-2 on the season with their next contest coming against Boston College on February 5th in Cameron
The Duke Blue Devils opened up ACC play with an 87-68 victory over Clemson in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke goes to 1-0 in league and 12-1 overall.
It was obvious early on that Duke had some rust to deal with after a 15-day break. Duke struggled on offense early on but senior captain Jack White knocked down three, three-pointers to help. White finished the game with 12 points and 6 rebounds.
The ACC's leading scorer R.J. Barrett added 13 points and 9 rebounds. Tre Jones had a career-high 9 assists with 0 turnovers to go with his 10 points
Zion Williamson had the dunk of the year after a steal in the 2nd half. Williamson was dominant, scoring 25 points to go with 10 rebounds and 2 blocked shots.
Duke had 13 steals in the game with just 13 turnovers, 6 by Cam Reddish.
The Blue Devils face their first road ACC contest this Tuesday when they travel to Winston Salem to take on Wake Forest.
Sidebar - Mike Krzyzewski is 48-18 in ACC openers.
Krzyzewski is 48-18 against Clemson.
Good Bolden tonight. He was assertive inside.
Zion Williamson said tonight's reaction to his 360 dunk may have been the loudest of any flush in the past.