Beyond the arc: Duke basketball vs. Elon

Playing in its final non-conference game of the season, the No. 7 Blue Devils took care of business against Elon, earning the 86-48 win at the Greensboro Coliseum. This one was never really close, as Andre Dawkins' 3-point barrage and Jabari Parker's double-double propelled Duke to it's 11th victory of the season.

Revisiting the three keys to the game:

  • Take away the three-ball: Elon just couldn't find the range from beyond the arc. The Phoenix shot a paltry 23.8 percent from long range, and sharpshooters Sebastian Koch and Tanner Samson combined to shoot just 1-for-10. The duo averaged 6.7 threes per game coming into the contest.
  • Continue the good ball movement: The assists per field goal wasn't as high as it was against Eastern Michigan, but they still moved the ball well. The team had 13 assists on the night, led by Quinn Cook's four dimes. Rasheed Sulaimon continued to be the second distributor on the team, handing out two assists of his own.
  • Get Quinn Cook and Rodney Hood back involved: Neither guy was terrific Tuesday. Cook scored 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting, which was a marked improvement from his las outing. Hood was 4-of-12 from the floor for 13 points. Both players need to be more efficient when they return to action for ACC play.
Three key plays:
  • 7:38, first half: Coming off of an inbounds play Andre Dawkins catches the pass in the corner and drills a fadeaway 3-pointer, making him 4-for-4 from beyond the arc. Dawkins' triple extended the Duke lead to 17 points, and also gave Dawkins more field goals than the entire Elon squad at that juncture.
  • 15:58, second half: After good ball movement, Quinn Cook receives the pass from Andre Dawkins and buries a corner 3-pointer. With Cook's triple, Duke extended its lead back to 20 points. Once Duke's lead stretched back to 20 points the Phoenix never made a real run to get back into the game.
  • 9:16, second half: Jabari Parker comes away with the steal. After a low lob from Rasheed Sulaimon to Parker, the ball rolled on the ground before Matt Jones dove to the floor to secure possession, then found Sulaimon from the floor for a layup, plus the foul. The scrappy play stretched Duke's lead to 36 points.
Three key stats:
  • Elon committed 22 turnovers: Elon was a mess offensively. In addition to the poor shooting from the field, the Phoenix couldn't take care of the basketball. Jabari Parker and Quinn Cook both came away with three steals and the Blue Devils as a whole had 12 swipes. Sebastian Koch was the biggest culprit for Elon, committing five turnovers himself.
  • Duke shot 52.6 percent from beyond the arc: The Blue Devils continue to be proficient from long range. Andre Dawkins was the main guy for Duke, hitting five of his seven attempts. In all, five different Blue Devils connected on a 3-pointer. If Duke continues to thrive from distance they will be even tougher to beat in ACC play.
  • Rasheed Sulaimon scored 11 points: Sulaimon looked in control today. The sophomore went 4-for-6 from the floor, knocked down his only 3-point attempt, and got to the line for a pair of free throws. He seems to be finding his niche in this new offense.
And the Duke game ball goes to.... Andre Dawkins.

This was a real complete team effort for Duke, but Dawkins gets the nod for his red-hot start. 'Dre opened the game hitting his first four triples, setting the tone early and putting the Phoenix in the hole. Dawkins ended the night with 15 points, two rebounds and a block.

And the Elon game ball goes to.... Lucas Troutman.

Troutman, Elon's leading scorer on the season, did not play as well as he has in the past this season, but he was still the best player on the floor for the Phoenix. Troutman came on in the second half after a slow start, ending the game with 11 points, seven rebounds and two blocks. He wasn't perfect however, as he committed four turnovers.

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