DURHAM, N.C. — Matthew Hurt scored 24 points and made six of his team’s 3-pointers, and the No. 6 Duke Blue Devils defeated Bellarmine 76-54 and returned to winning ways at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Friday night.
Hurt, who led Duke in the home defeat to Michigan State on Tuesday night, found form again on Friday, as he made 9 of 12 shots and buried six of the 13 three-pointers by the home side. Hurt also grabbed six rebounds in the win.
Duke shot 51.8% for the game, made 13 for 26 for 50.0% from long range and outrebounded Bellarmine 38-27.
Jaemyn Brakefield made all four of his attempts from behind the arc for 12 points and also collected six boards for the Blue Devils (2-1), who used a 19-2 run in the second half to fend off the challenge of Bellarmine, which was making its Division I debut.
Nick Thelen led the Knights (0-1) with 14 points on an efficient 7 of 9 shooting, Ethan Claycomb added 13 points and Pedro Bradshaw ended with a team-high seven rebounds and 8 points for Bellarmine, which shot 43.4%.
However, it was another slow night for Duke freshman talent Jalen Johnson, who finished with nine points after finding himself in early foul troubles, while Wendell Moore Jr. had just two points and went 1 of 7 from the field.
Moore Jr. is now 1 of 16 from the floor in the last two games.
Duke jumped out to an early 15-2 lead with a 13-0 run, but the Knights overcame the poor shooting start to pull within 28-25 late in the first half.
The Blue Devils led 35-25 at halftime.
Duke will be happy with the win, but coach Mike Krzyzewski will not be delighted about the turnovers again in this game with his team turning it over 18 times Friday night.
Duke will remain home and host Illinois at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Tuesday in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.
Bellarmine stays on the road to take on Howard on Sunday before making its home debut in division I against Tennessee-Chattanooga on Wednesday.