Duke Blue Devils over power Stetson Hatters in emphatic fashion
For the first four minutes of this game Duke didn’t get started. Making it a competitive basketball game. Stetson held a 12-11 lead on the Blue Devils.
In the next 36 minutes, it was an utter massacre.
Duke Blue Devils rolled over the Hatters, 113–49, and it really didn’t even feel that close.
R.J. Barrett led the charge for the Blue Devils with 26 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, and four steals. He is the first player in Duke history to have at least 25 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, and four steals.
“I was just having too much fun out there” to worry about the stats, Barrett said.
Barrett made twelve of his fourteen shot at temps and two of four from three point range.
Cam Reddish found his shooting stroke again as he exploded for 23 points, four rebounds, two steals, and one assist. Reddish made eight of his fifteen shots. Additionally, four of nine from beyond the arc.
Duke Blue Devils shot a season-best 58 percent, and had season highs of 19 steals and 27 turnovers forced. While reaching triple digits for the first time since the season-opening 118-84 rout of then-No. 2 Kentucky.
“That’s what happens when we play hard and play together,” Barrett said. “We play defense and turn it into offense.”
If possible, Zion Williamson had a quiet 17 points, seven rebounds, two assists, and five steals. Williamson was a bully in the paint against a very undersized Stetson team as he made all of his seven shot attempts from inside of the three point arc and missed his two from beyond the arc.
Marques Bolden added four points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block to the winning cause. Meanwhile, Tre Jones was held scoreless as he just attempted one shot from three point range. However, he still had seven assists, two rebounds, and three steals.
Barrett played just 17 minutes, but that was long enough to challenge for Duke’s first triple-double in nearly 13 years.
According to the school, he’s the first player in program history with that many points, rebounds and assists plus four steals in a game. He was taken out for good with 15:38 left and the Blue Devils up by 50.
“I thought we’d play the starters more in the second half, and then we just exploded,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said.
Meanwhile, Abayomi Iyiola scored 19 points to lead the Hatters. Who have lost eight straight and were 2 of 23 from 3-point range.
Duke also had three bench players who reached double figures in this game, Alex O’Connell, Javin DeLaurier, and Justin Robinson.
O’Connell and Robinson both contributed 13 points. While Robinson was much more efficient. Robinson was perfect from the floor, making all five of his shot attempts, three from beyond the arc, and one highlight reel dunk at the end of the game.
DeLaurier added 10 points and five rebounds.
This was the epitome of a taking-care-of-business victory for the Blue Devils, 43-point favorites who didn’t receive even a whiff of a test after the first few minutes.
The win moves the Duke Blue Devils to 7-1 on the season and they will face Hartford University on Wednesday night at 7:00 pm ET from Cameron Indoor Stadium.