DURHAM, N.C., Sporting Alert – Marvin Bagley III recorded his ninth double-double of the season and No. 1 Duke routed St. Francis (Pa.) 124-67 at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Tuesday night.
Bagley III, who was collecting his sixth successive double-double, had 21 points and 11 rebounds and shot 9 of 13 from the field with a pair of 3-pointers.
Four other Duke players also scored in double-figures, including sophomore Marques Bolden, who had a career-high 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Wendell Carter Jr. finished with 15 points and nine rebounds, while Grayson Allen ended with 14 points, six assists and five rebounds and Gary Trent Jr. had 14 points, six rebounds and three assists for the Blue Devils (11-0).
Freshman point guard Trevon Duval dished out 11 assists for Duke, while Jordan Goldwire found his teammates five times, as the Blue Devils recorded a school-record 34 assists in the win.
The top-ranked program in the country took just over 10 minutes to build a comfortable 30-point lead en route to registering 71 points — missed matching the longtime school record of 72 points in a half against Virginia (1965) and Harvard (1989).
“It shows that we’re sharing the ball more, we’re playing more as a team, trying to find each other,” Duval said. “And it also means guys are making shots.”
Winning coach Mike Krzyzewski was delighted with the way his team played, especially moving the ball.
“No one got into their own game,” Krzyzewski said. “They were into our game.”
Keith Braxton’s 13 points and six rebounds led three St. Francis (Pa.) players in double figures, as Andre Wolford and Jamaal King also scored 13 points for the Red Flash (3-5), who lost three of four.
As a team, Duke shot 60 percent and made 15 of 26 shots from 3-point range. The Blue Devils dominated the rebounding column 61-25 and held St. Francis to just 34 percent shooting.
“Certainly not the outcome or the score differential that we had hoped,” coach Rob Krimmel said.
“Certainly it was a daunting task to be able to keep their post players and their size away from the rim, and they certainly willed their style early in the game, and then combined with some very good outside shooting — a team like that becomes very, very … difficult to guard when they’re clicking on all cylinders.”
All but one Duke player recorded a score in the win on Tuesday night.
Duke opens ACC conference play Saturday at Boston College.
St. Francis travels to Niagara on Saturday.