Another quick start by No. 4 Duke has it comfortably head in its first game at Cameron Indoor Stadium in a week and a half.
The Blue Devils came out and punched Furman in the mouth in the first five minutes, bursting out to a 9-0 lead by the first media timeout. Duke converted with relative ease on the offensive end and forced the Paladins into scrambled offense on the defensive end. Eight turnovers by Furman led to plentiful transition opportunities for the Blue Devils, including soaring dunks from Justise Winslow and Jahlil Okafor.
Sophomore Matt Jones provided a spark off the bench for Duke in his 10 minutes on the floor. The Desoto, Texas, native drilled an open 3-pointer from the right corner on his first shot of the afternoon, then doubled down by sinking another triple from the opposite baseline in transition on the next possession.
Here are some observations from the first half:
- Furman struggled mightily shooting in the first half, characteristic of the nation's 303rd-ranked scoring offense... Read more