When the shots weren't falling early Friday night, the Blue Devils didn't panic.
No. 4 Duke overcame its worst shooting performance of the young season to defeat Temple 74-54 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on the back of a 21-9 extended run in the first 9:27 of the second half. The Owls held the Blue Devils to just 39.1 percent shooting, but couldn't find an offensive rhythm themselves, firing at just a 37.3 percent clip on the evening.
Freshman Jahlil Okafor struggled mightily in the first half, shooting just 3-of-13 in the opening 20 minutes. Still, the center headed to the locker room with eight points and seven rebounds, and finished the game with 16 points and eight boards. Okafor was joined in double-figures by captain Quinn Cook—who scored a team-high 17—and classmate Justise Winslow, who chipped in 15.
The Blue Devils finish out a brutal five-game, eight-day stretch to start their season Saturday at 9:30 p.m. against Stanford, which rolled UNLV 89-60 in Friday's first semifinal... Read more