NEW YORK—It was a sloppy first half for both teams Friday night at the Barclays Center, but the Blue Devils' persistence on the boards allowed No. 4 Duke to take a 36-26 lead into the locker room.
The Blue Devils struggled mightily from the floor, shooting 30.8 percent and 27.3 percent from beyond the arc. Luckily for Duke, the Owls had equal trouble getting the ball in the hole, making just 10 of their 29 field goals in the half.
Duke utilized a very balanced scoring effort in the first half. Justise Winslow and Jahlil Okafor led the way with eight points, and three other Blue Devils had at least four points. Temple was led by Quenton DeCosey, who scored six in the period.
Here are some observations from the first half:
- Jahlil Okafor had trouble scoring early. After hitting his first attempt of the night the big man proceeded to miss his next five shots—as many as he'd missed all season coming into the day. The big man finished the half just 3-of-13 from the field... Read more