DURHAM, N.C. (Sporting Alert) — Tyus Jones tied his season high with 22 points to help Duke beat Pittsburgh 79-65 in Atlantic Coast Conference play at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Monday night.
On the night coach Mike Krzyzewski moved within a victory from sealing his 1,000th win in his career, and will be looking to become the first-ever Division I men’s basketball coach to reach the prestigious milestone.
In action on the court, Jones, who struggled recently to make shots, after shooting just 8 for 32 in conference fixtures — hit 4-of-6 from three-point range and was 7-of-11 from the floor in this outing, while dishing out four assists to lead the way for the No. 5 Blue Devils (16-2).
Star center Jahlil Okafor, who was doubled up for most of the contest, score 14 points and five assists, while Quinn Cook supported with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Jamel Artis scored a career high 21 points to pace Pittsburgh (13-6), which had its two game win streak snapped.
Duke started quickly and gradually build a lead that increased to as many as 21 points.
The Panthers made a run down the stretch to cut the advantage to 10 points with 3:00 left in the contest, but the Blue Devils, who were 20-of-25 from the charity line, made their late free throws to seal the comfortable win in the end.
Rasheed Sulaimon was 4-of-5 from three-pointers for 13 points and four rebounds for the home team, which shot 47.8 percent (11-23) from long range and then limited the visitors to
Duke improved to 4-2 in the ACC standings, while Pittsburgh fell to 3-3 in conference play.
Up next for Pittsburgh is a date with the No. 10 Louisville Cardinals at Petersen Events Center on Saturday, with Duke meeting St. John’s at Madison Square Gardens this coming Sunday.