NEW YORK—Focusing most of its attention toward stud center Jahlil Okafor, Stanford played the first half of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic championship game daring the rest of Duke's supporting cast to beat them. So far, that plan isn't working too well.
With one half of play in the books, the Blue Devils hold a 40-29 lead against the Cardinal at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Senior guard Quinn Cook leads a balanced Duke scoring effort with 11 points. Redshirt senior Stefan Nastic has paced Stanford with 10.
After the first 10 minutes of the contest were very back and forth, the Blue Devils were able to expand their lead to double digits with four minutes left in the half on on a 3-pointer by Cook. Duke shot 6-of-17 from beyond the arc in the first half.
Here are some observations from the first half:
- The Blue Devil-Cardinal matchup presented a battle of youth against experience. Duke went with its usual starting lineup, which included three freshmen... Read more