DURHAM, N.C., Sporting Alert – No. 1 Duke dominated Marist 94-49 to open its college basketball season on Friday night. Box Score (HTML) | Box Score (PDF)
Freshman Frank Jackson had 18 points, four steals and four assists in his Duke debut, with Grayson Allen and Luke Kennard each scored 16 points and the Blue Devils used a fast start to set up the rout.
Chase Jeter added 11 points, eight rebounds and two blocks and Matt Jones ended 11 for Duke, which led 54-28 at half time.
The ACC powerhouses opened the season without three very talented freshmen, forwards Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum and center Marques Bolden because of injuries.
“We’re a little bit undermanned now, and nobody feels sorry for us because they think we have an excessive number of men,” Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski said.
“But we just have to keep getting better.”
Allen added: “It speaks for the talent that we have and the confidence that we do have in the guys on the bench. Whoever we put out there can be a good group.”
Duke scored the first 12 points of the game – racing out to 23-7, as Marist struggled to both score and get stops.
Khallid Hart scored 13 points to lead the Red Foxes, who shot 23.1 percent as a team and was just 3 of 25 from 3-point range.
The Duke Blue Devils outrebounded Marist 56-33, while one of the highlights of the game came in the second half when Allen made a block on the defensive end and then raced down the court and into the left corner to knock down a 3-pointer.
Duke will make a quick turnaround on the schedule, as it faces Grand Canyon Saturday afternoon.