Dunk City: Duke’s Parker leads Blue Devils to win at BC

After a first half in which Duke did not play stellar defense and let Boston College hang around, the Blue Devils pulled away as soon as the second half started to win 89-68. Duke led 39-35 at the half, but went on an 8-1 run to start the second half and then went on an 18-0 run midway through the second half.

Duke men's basketball huddleIt was all about Jabari Parker, who BC coach Steve Donahue mentioned in workouts was not playing well of late. Well, maybe Parker heard that because he repeatedly dominated the Eagles. He dunked multiple times (once even receiving a technical foul for hanging on the rim just a big too long). Parker finished with a double-double: a career-high 29 points and 16 rebounds. He also blocked three shots.

Quinn Cook is back! He scored 21 points (all three pointers), as he came off the bench once again. Cook also dished out three assists.

The only other Blue Devil in double-figures was Rasheed Sulaimon (ten points), but he only made 2-of-8 shots. He did however dish out six assists compared to just one turnover.

 

Coach K made sure to get Nick Pagliuca into the game with about 1:30 to go. He is from Massachusetts and his dad is co-owner of the Boston Celtics. Pagliuca took one shot and picked up a rebound.

 

Duke shot 56.1% from the field, while the Eagles cooled off to 46% by making just 11-of-26 in the second half (50% in the first half). They only made 4-of-14 three pointers in the second half after making 5-of-10 in the opening half (which is what kept the Eagles in the game). The Blue Devils out-rebounded BC, 36-22 and 11-6 on the offensive glass.

 

For BC, Olivier Hanlan scored 25 points on 8-of-16 shooting. Joe Rahon made 4-of-7 shots for 11 points. He hit two 3-pointers in the first half without a defender near him. Ryan Anderson scored 12 points, but did not look the same after taking a nasty hit to the floor in the first half.

 

Duke is back in action on Wednesday night at 9pm ET on ESPN against rival North Carolina. The Tarheels just beat up on Notre Dame today.

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