Duke returns home to beat rival Wake Forest

Wake Forest came in fired up at Cameron Indoor Stadium to start, but a 20-5 run by Duke to end the first half (and some better defense) helped the Blue Devils to another home victory. They won 83-63. It was Duke’s 15th straight win at Cameron over the Demon Deacons.

Duke's Rasheed Sulaimon during the NCAA Tournament in Philadelphia in 2013 (Jen Nevius).

Duke’s Rasheed Sulaimon during the NCAA Tournament in Philadelphia in 2013 (Jen Nevius).

Once again, Coach K shook up the lineup, inserting Rasheed Sulaimon for Quinn Cook. Sulaimon handled most of the point guard duties and more than held his own. Oh and he also scored. Sulaimon scored 19 points and dished out five assists compared to three turnovers.

Jabari Parker scored a game-high 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting. He also hauled in eight rebounds. He dunked at least three times: two handed, right handed, and left handed.

Rodney Hood only scored eight points, but all of those points came during Duke’s 14-3 run late in the first half. He scored eight straight.

Andre Dawkins came off the bench to score 17 points.

 

The Blue Devils made 12-of-26 three pointers against one of the best perimeter defenses in the ACC. They also shot 50.9% from the field. Of their 27 made field goals, they had 17 assists.

 

Without their leading scorer, Codi Miller-McIntyre, the Demon Deacons could not withstand a Duke run. Devin Thomas, who scored seven points in the first 2-3 minutes of the game, only ended up with 14 points. If he looked familiar, he should. He is the younger brother of Maryland women’s basketball star Alyssa Thomas. Arnaud William Adala Moto recorded a double-double: ten points and ten rebounds. Miles Overton came off the bench to score 12 points.

 

Duke is back in action on Saturday night when they travel up to Boston College.

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