In case you didn’t know, FGC is Florida Gulf Coast. And they showed up at Cameron Indoor Stadium with cameras to remember the occasion. They also showed up to play. But they couldn’t pull off the upset, as Duke had too much fire power. The Blue Devils won, 88-67. The Blue Devils won their 96th straight non-conference home game.
Don’t let the final score fool you, it was a much tighter game over the first 15 minutes.
It was a back-and-forth affair in the first half and FGC had six point leads on two occasions. Then Duke went on one of their patented runs towards the end of the first half. It was a 23-0 run and the Blue Devils led 52-30 at the half.
It was more of the same in the second half for Duke. They were led by senior Mason Plumlee, who scored a game high 28 points on 9-11 shooting. He also went 10-for-11 from the free throw line. He missed a double-double by one rebound.
The Blue Devils had two other players who just missed out on double-doubles. Ryan Kelly scored 14 points (5-of-10 shooting) and hauled in nine rebounds. Quinn Cook got the start at point guard and scored eight points while dishing out nine assists. He was injured late in the game so hopefully he’ll be okay. They don’t need anymore injuries.
Freshman Rasheed Sulaimon set a career-high with 19 points (5-of-12 shooting).
Despite the victory, the coaching staff didn’t look thrilled on the sidelines. It should be a fun week of practice before heading to the Bahamas for Thanksgiving and the Battle4Atlantis. The tournament starts for Duke against Minnesota.