DURHAM, NC, Sporting Alert – Marvin Bagley III scored 24 points and No. 1 Duke defeated Furman 92-63 at Cameron Indoor Stadium to start the Phil Knight Invitational on Monday night.
The freshman standout was scoring 20-plus points for the third time in five games this season, while reaching double figures for the fourth time.
The only time Bagley III failed to reach double-digits in scoring was against Michigan State when he suffered an eye problem midway through the first half and left the game early.
MB35: 24 pts, 9-15 FG, 8 rebs pic.twitter.com/WqavZrIvH2
— Duke Basketball (@DukeMBB) November 21, 2017
Bagley III, who also grabbed eight rebounds, was the point-man in a 28-10 run late in the first half that saw the hosts put the game one out of reach.
The standout forward scored 11 points in 2:30 during closing minutes of the first half.
Trevon Duval had 18 points, four assists and four rebounds, Wendell Carter, Jr. added 14 points nine rebounds, while Alex O’Connell scored 10 points off the bench for the Blue Devils (5-0), who was winning for the fifth straight time this season.
John Davis III scored 12 of his 15 points in the first half for Furman, while Matt Rafferty added 11 points and six rebounds in the defeat.
Devin Sibley ended with 10 points for the Paladins (2-2), who were losing for the two straight time.
Mike Krzyzewski secured win number 1003 at Duke, while the Blue Devils extended their nation-best active win streak to 137 consecutive non-conference home games.
Grayson Allen was held to just five points on 2 of 9 shooting with six assists, three steals and three rebounds, while Javin DeLaurier had four the Blue Devils’ eight team block shots.
Three Duke players, Bagley III, Allen and Duval reached double digits in scoring in the first half.
The Blue Devils shot 58.3 percent in the opening half on 21 of 36 shooting, but made only 3 of their 10 triple attempts during the same period.
Furman kept Duke’s offense quiet early in the game with the home side leading 19-18 midway through the first half.
However, the Blue Devils went on a 10-0 run to open up a double-digit lead and then closed strongly to take a 49-31 lead into the interval.