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Kyle Filipowski, No. 21 Duke pull away in 2nd half, top Hofstra

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Kyle Filipowski flirted with a triple-double on Tuesday night for No. 21 Duke, which pulled away in the second half and beat Hofstra 89-68 in Durham, N.C.

Filipowski had 28 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high eight assists before sitting out the final two-plus minutes. He was trying to become the first Duke player with a triple-double since Wendell Moore Jr. had 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Army on Nov. 12, 2021.

Jeremy Roach finished with 19 points and eight assists for Duke (7-3), which has won two straight games following a two-game losing streak. Mark Mitchell scored 14 points and Jared McCain added 13 as the Blue Devils outscored Hofstra 45-29 in the second half to record their 24th straight home nonconference win against an unranked foe.

Darlinstone Dubar hit a career-high seven 3-pointers and collected 24 points and eight rebounds for Hofstra (6-4), which was trying to beat a ranked opponent for the third straight season. Tyler Thomas scored 18 points and Jaquan Carlos (10 points, nine assists) almost had a double-double for the Pride, a member of the Coastal Athletic Association.

Duke took its biggest lead of the first half at 16-10 on McCain’s 3-pointer with 13:28 left. Hofstra responded with a 27-16 run in which Dubar sank four 3-pointers and took its biggest lead at 37-32 on Thomas’ 3-pointer with 3:56 remaining.

Duke responded by making its final five field-goal attempts of the first half, which the Blue Devils ended on a 12-2 run. Caleb Foster’s 3-pointer with 34 seconds left gave the hosts a 44-39 lead heading into the locker room.

Hofstra’s Jacco Fritz opened the second half with a layup, after which Filipowski turned the ball over. Fritz then missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer, and Duke scored the next eight points to open its first double-digit lead at 52-41. Hofstra got within nine points four more times before the Blue Devils led by as many as 26 points down the stretch.

–Field Level Media

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