DURHAM, N.C., SportingAlert – Five players scored in double figures to help No. 4 Duke rout Colorado State 89-55 on Friday night.
Stanley Happy For Another Win
Freshman forward Cassius Stanley led the way in scoring for the Blue Devils (2-0) with 19 points on 8 of 11 shooting, including a highlighting breakaway dunk in the second half. Stanley also added seven rebounds to his name.
“It’s always great to come off of a win. You got your first win, the ice is broken, so now I think we’re finding our identity,” Stanley said.
“The coaches are keeping us humble, keeping us really down-to-earth in that it’s only one game. You just keep racking up the wins.”
Sophomore point guard Tre Jones had 15 points, eight assists, and five rebounds, while Alex O’Connell finished with 14 points and six rebounds.
Vernon Carey added 11 points before fouling out and Wendell Moore Jr. collected 10 for Duke, which was winning its second straight game, following the season opening victory over No. 3 Kansas in the Champions Classic on Tuesday night.
All About Working Together
“We can improve a lot. There’s no ceiling on any kid because … none of them are in complementary roles,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said.
“When you’re playing with Zion (Williamson) and RJ (Barrett), (Marvin) Bagley and (Wendell) Carter, (Jayson) Tatum. … It’s like a musical. When you have two guys (at a time) like that, they sing most of the songs and do most of the dances. Ours is more like a cabaret.”
Isaiah Stevens and David Roddy each scored 12 points for Colorado State in the defeat at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Nico Carvacho had 11 points and nine rebounds for the Rams (1-1), who shot 33 percent from the field.
As a team Duke, which led 42-26 at half time and used a 16-2 run in the second half to pull away, shot 54 percent and forced 18 turnovers.
“We were just trying to play our defense, trying to pressure [Colorado State], force them to speed up and make tough decisions on the offensive end,” Jones said about Duke’s defensive play.
“I felt like, defensively, we had good pressure throughout the entire game.”
Duke returns to court when it hosts Central Arkansas on Tuesday night.
Colorado State will play host to Omaha on Wednesday night.