Carter Jr., Bagley III Guide No. 1 Duke Past Southern 78-61

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Marvin Bagley III of Duke Blue Devils

DURHAM, N.C., Sporting Alert — Wendell Carter Jr. and Marvin Bagley III both had double-doubles and No. 1 Duke beat Southern 78-61 on Friday night.

Carter Jr. had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Marvin Bagley III added 19 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out late for the Blue Devils (4-0), who have now won a nation-best 134 consecutive non-conference home games.

Grayson Allen, who scored a career-high 37 points in the victory over No. 2 Michigan State on Tuesday night, was held to just 10 points on Friday night.

Trevon Duval also had 10 points for Duke, which outrebounded Southern 51-34, but turned the ball over a season-high 15 times, shot just 4 of 20 from 3-point range and looked sluggish at times, especially during the first half.

“We just didn’t come ready to play,” Carter said. “I can’t really speak for everybody, I don’t know if everybody was energized or not or if people were hurt or not.

“Just as a team, we didn’t play as a unit. We starters had an opportunity just to be selfish, and that’s not the way to go. We’ve got to take every game seriously, and we did not do that tonight.”

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said: “There was something missing tonight.

“They thought it would be a lot easier than it was, and that’s on us, too, to make sure. We’re all responsible for it. The other thing is, we won. We won. So that’s a good thing.”

Jamar Sandifer had 14 points and Torrey Mayo ended with 11 to lead the Jaguars (0-4), who had no other players scoring in double-figures and lost for the fourth successive time.

“We talked about just trying to get better each and every game, and tonight we fought as a unit and tried to instill in those guys that if we continue to do that, by the time we get to league play … we can compete” for the Southwestern Athletic Conference title, Southern interim head coach Morris Scott said.

The Blue Devils, who led 42-32 at halftime, never led by less than 10 points in the second half.

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