It wasn’t a great offensive game for the Duke men’s basketball team, but they still defeated Winston-Salem State, 69-45. In their final exhibition game, the Blue Devils shot just 39.1% from the field, but their defense forced 19 turnovers.
It looked to be a normal Duke blowout at halftime, as they led 36-13 as Winston-Salem State made just five field goals (5-of-30 for a percentage of 16.7). They were held to just one field goal over the final ten minutes of the first half.
However, in the second half, Winston-Salem State shot 42.9% from the field (42.9%) and made it a game. They were only out-scored 33-32 in the second half.
Mason Plumlee was a perfect 7-for-7 from the field and totaled 19 points. However, he was just 5-of-9 from the free throw line. Plumlee also hauled in ten rebounds and blocked two shots.
Shooting was a bit of an issue for the Blue Devils. They made just one 3-pointer (1-of-17). They also only shot 75% from the free throw line.
Ryan Kelly did not make a field goal (0-for-7), but did go a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line. He also hauled in eight rebounds, dished out three assists, blocked two shots, and had two steals. Fellow starter Alex Murphy went just 1-for-6 from the field, but did record five rebounds.
Senior Seth Curry got into his first action of the season. He played 17 minutes off the bench, but went 1-for-9 from the field. He did have two steals and made both of his free throw attempts.
The freshmen duo of Rasheed Sulaimon and Amile Jefferson had a very good showing. Sulaimon once again started and went 6-of-13 from the field for 12 points. However, he did not hit a three pointer (0-of-5). Jefferson came off the bench to score 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting. He hauled in five rebounds.
The Blue Devils return to the court on November 9th, as they open up their 2012-2013 season at home against Georgia State. The game will be televised on ESPNU at 7pm ET.