Former Blue Devil star Johnny Dawkins and his Stanford squad gave Duke a fight Saturday, but the Blue Devils were more than up to the challenge.
Behind 18 points from tournament MVP Quinn Cook, Duke dispatched the Cardinal 70-59 at the Barclays Center to win its fifth game in eight days. Stanford senior guard Chasson Randle registered 22 points—the first time an opposing player has topped 20 points this season against the Blue Devils—but didn't get enough help from his support cast to pull off the upset.
Stefan Nastic wasn't nearly the heralded recruit Jahlil Okafor was coming out of college, but the Cardinal senior won the battle down low for much of the night, piling up 13 points and 13 rebounds before fouling out. Duke's dominant center struggled against size and strength for the second game in a row, shooting just 4-of-10 from the floor, but did finish with 10 points and 12 rebounds to record his first career double-double in a Blue Devil uniform.
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