WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Wendell Carter Jr. and Marvin Bagley III both recorded double-doubles and No. 4 Duke forced 21 turnovers in its 84-70 victory over Wake Forest on Tuesday night.
Carter Jr. had 23 points and 12 rebounds to tally his third double-double in four games and his ninth of the term, while Bagley III grabbed his 16th double-double this season with 16 points and 11 rebounds in the win for the visitors.
Gary Trent Jr. ended with 19 points and Grayson Allen had 17 points and six assists for the Blue Devils (18-2, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) who resisted Wake Forest’s early pressure before using a strong defense to help build a 20-point lead.
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Duke forced 15 turnovers in the first half to match a season high and turned its 21 turnovers into 34 points.
“We’ve still got our defense, we’ve got our rebounding on some nights and then we also have our offense,” senior guard and captain Allen said.
“So on any given night, everything has to be there. Rebounding and offense wasn’t there … but our defense was, and that’s got to be consistent.”
Doral Moore led Wake Forest with a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Moore shot 9-of-9 from the floor and had one block before fouling out of the game with 2:18 left.
He came was one basket shy of the school record for field-goal percentage set by Kyle Visser, who went 10 for 10 from the floor against James Madison in 2006.
Brandon Childress scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half off the bench to go along with five rebounds and three assists for the Demon Deacons (8-12, 1-7) who have lost six in a row and eight of nine.
Chaundee Brown had 16 points, five assists and four rebounds and Bryant Crawford finished with 10 points, but committed a season-worst eight turnovers for Wake Forest, which went 5-for-20 from 3-point range.
“We didn’t do ourselves any favors by how we handled the ball in the first half,” Wake Forest coach Danny Manning said. “That hole’s probably too much to overcome.”
Duke point guard Trevon Duval was the only Blue Devils starter not to score in this contest after missing all eight shots from the field and both of his free throws on a rough night for the freshman.
“He didn’t play well tonight, but he has played well,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said.
The Duke Blue Devils return home on Saturday to host No. 2 Virginia in what is expected to be a very interesting contest.
The Wake Forest Demon Deacons will make the trip to Louisville on Saturday night, hoping to end their dismal run.