PORTLAND, Oregon (November 25) —- Jeremy Roach scored a season-high 21 points and No. 8 Duke outlasted Xavier 71-64 in the semi-finals of the 2022 Phil Knight Legacy tournament at Portland’s Moda Center on Friday (25). Duke current season stats click here
Roach, who was one point shy of his career-high, shot 9 of 14 from the field and collected five assists, four rebounds, and two steals for the Blue Devils (6-1) who now won four in a row since losing to the then-No. 6 Kansas on Nov. 15.
Mark Mitchell had 16 points on 6 of 11 shooting with five rebounds, Kyle Filipowski added 12 points with four rebounds and four steals and Ryan Young contributed eight points and six rebounds for Duke, which shot 50% from the field on 27 of 54 attempts.
Meanwhile, Souley Boum scored 23 points for Xavier on 5 of 8 shots from the field with Adam Kunkel adding 12 points in the defeat. Read more: College basketball AP Top 25 scores; schedule for today – Nov. 25
Colby Jones supported with 10 points, seven rebounds, and four assists for the Musketeers (4-2) who shot 38.5% from the field and made seven of the 17 attempted 3-pointers.
Duke went into the break leading 40-34 with Roach making a pair of 3-pointers and scoring 11 points, while Filipowski contributed 10 points at halftime. The Blue Devils shot 56.0% from the field on 14-25 shooting at the interval and then opened the second half with a 9-2 run to go up 49-36.
Xavier responded to make it a three-point game a few times in the second half, but the Blue Devils made big buckets at the right time to keep a good enough distance.
Boum scored 11 points at halftime –seven of them coming from his perfect attempts from the free throw line for the Musketeers and Jones had 10 points at the break with two 3-pointers for Xavier which shot 37.0% at halftime.
Duke led by seven points with two minutes to go at 69-62 and neither team scored again until Mitchell made a pair of free throws with 26.8 left in the game.