DURHAM, N.C. — Wendell Moore Jr. scored a season-high 25 points off the bench and No. 21 Duke held on for a narrow 83-82 victory over Boston College on Wednesday night in the absence of coach Mike Krzyzewski.
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Associate head coach Jon Scheyer led Duke on Wednesday as Krzyzewski missed the game due to COVID-19 protocols.
“It’s not how I dreamed about coaching my first game ever,” Scheyer said. “I can only imagine what (Krzyzewski) was thinking and doing down the stretch there — or actually the whole game, I should say.”
Moore, who shot 8 of 13 from the field, including a crucial late basket, added four rebounds and steals in the win for the Blue Devils (4-2, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who rallied from 16 down in the first half.
“Just seeing that first one go through, I feel like it took everything that was on my shoulders off of me and gave me a chance to play free and just go out there and win the game,” Moore said.
Duke started the game slowly and looked rusty in the early goings.
Matthew Hurt added 17 points on 7 of 15 shooting from the field with three 3-pointers, while grabbing 11 rebounds, while DJ Steward finished with 14 points, eight rebounds, three steals, and two blocks in the win for Duke.
Jeremy Roach had 12 points with five assists and three steals, Jordan Goldwire ended with 12 points, six assists, three steals, and three rebounds for the Blue Devils, who were playing their first game in three weeks.
CJ Felder paced Boston College with 24 points on 10 of 13 shooting with four 3-pointers, four rebounds and three blocks.
Rich Kelly added 16 points on 6 of 9 shooting, Demarr Langford Jr. finished with 12 points and eight rebounds and Steffon Mitchell chipped in with 12 points and five boards for the Eagles (2-8, 0-4).
“When you turn it over 21 times at Cameron, it’s tough to win, especially when I thought we had a pretty good rhythm on offense the whole night,” BC coach Jim Christian said. “We’ve just got to get a little stronger with the ball.”