DURHAM, N.C. – The second-ranked Duke men's basketball team used an
early 15-0 run and led by double figures the rest of the way as the Blue
Devils posted an 88-50 victory over the University of Delaware Saturday
afternoon at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Undefeated Duke won its 98th consecutive non-conference home game dating
back to 2000, improving to 8-0 on the season.
Delaware, which played its third straight game without Jarvis Threatt,
who is nursing an abdominal injury, dropped its fifth consecutive game
while falling to 2-6 on the campaign.
Duke was the highest ranked opponent Delaware has ever faced, as the
Blue Hens fell to 0-16 all-time against Top 10 ranked teams and 0-28
against Top 25 opponents.
Blue Hen junior Devon Saddler, the leading scorer in the CAA, scored 23
points to go with a season-high nine rebounds as he eclipsed the
20-point mark for the fourth time in the last five games. Kyle Anderson
was the second leading scorer for Delaware with 10 points, while junior
Carl Baptiste tied his season-high with nine boards.
"This is a great environment here at Cameron, and when we play
conference games at Old Dominion, George Mason, and Drexel, our guys
will not be intimidated," said seventh-year Delaware head coach Monté
Ross. "We have put our guys in difficult situations with our
non-conference schedule this year, but they are mentally strong and will
be better off for it in the long run."
Delaware struggled from the field throughout the contest, shooting just
27.7 percent, including a 2 of 14 performance from behind the arc. The
Hens also had just three assists during the contest.
Mason Plumlee recorded a double-double with 18 points and a game-high 11
rebounds for Duke, which shot 52.2 percent from the field and handed out
23 assists on the afternoon. Ryan Kelly also scored 18 points for the
Blue Devils, while Rasheed Sulaimon added 14 points and six assists.
Alex Murphy came off the bench to post 10 points and seven rebounds,
while Amile Jefferson had 12 points and Tyler Thornton handed out 10
assists. Duke played without its second leading scorer Seth Curry, who
missed the game with an ankle injury.
After Duke jumped out to a 9-2 lead, an Anderson three-pointer and a
Terrell Rogers jumper brought Delaware within 10-7 at the 15:51 mark of
the opening half. However the Blue Devils quickly answered with a
decisive 15-0 run, taking a 25-7 advantage on a free throw by Plumlee.
Meanwhile Delaware misfired on its next 11 field goal attempts before
Josh Brinkley buried a baseline jumper to make it 25-9 at the 8:56 mark.
The Duke lead was 20 before Saddler scored his first basket on a runner
in the paint to cut the Blue Devils' margin to 29-11 with seven minutes
to play in the period. But Duke would continue to pad the advantage,
going up 37-13 on a Plumlee free throw at the 3:25 mark. The lead grew
to as much as 26 in the first half, but Saddler converted a three-point
play with 26 seconds left as the Blue Devils took a 42-19 cushion into
The Blue Devils shot 51.6 percent in the opening 20 minutes on 16 of 31
shooting, although Duke was just 3 of 13 from behind the arc. On the
other hand, Delaware went just 7 of 29 from the field for a 24.1
percentage, and only hit 1 of 6 from long range.
Early in the second half Duke hit 5 of 6 field goal attempts to take a
55-26 lead on a Jefferson basket with 15:34 remaining, while a 12-0 Blue
Devils spurt made it a 67-29 game with 11:17 to play.
The lead grew to as much as 85-39 on a Sulaimon jumper with 3:29 to
play, before Delaware scored 12 of the final 15 points of the contest.
The Blue Hens' 44-point defeat was the program's largest since a 90-54
setback to Villanova on Dec. 30, 1994.
The Blue Hens, who have opened the season with eight consecutive games
outside of Newark, play their home opener on Tuesday when Delaware hosts
Radford at 7 p.m. at the Bob Carpenter Center.
Baptiste, 1-5 0-0 2, Hagins, 3-9 0-0 6, Saddler, 8-22 6-9 23, Rogers,
1-10 2-2 4, Anderson, 3-10 0-0 7, Allshouse, 0-0 0-0 0, McNulty, 0-0 0-0
0, Savage, 0-3 0-2 0, King-Davis, 1-3 2-5 4, Townsville, 0-2 0-0 0,
Brinkley, 1-1 2-2 4, Williams, 0-0 0-0 0, Totals, 18-65 12-20 50.
Plumlee, 6-9 6-10 18, Kelly, 8-13 0-0 18, Cook 3-7 0-0 8, Thornton, 1-4
0-0 3, Sulaimon, 6-12 1-1 14, Murphy, 4-7 1-2 10, Hairston, 1-4 1-2 3,
Jefferson, 5-9 2-4 12, Zafirovski, 1-2 0-2 2, Totals, 35-67 11-21 88.
Halftime: Duke 42, Delaware 19. Three-Point Field Goals: UD – 2-14
(Saddler, 1-3, Anderson, 1-8, Rogers, 0-3); DU – 7-20 (Kelly, 2-4, Cook,
2-5, Thornton, 1-4, Sulaimon, 1-4, Murphy, 1-3); Rebounds: UD – 40
(Baptiste, Saddler, 9); DU – 47 (Plumlee, 11); Assists: UD - 3 (Hagins,
Saddler, Anderson); DU -23 (Thornton, 10); Fouls: UD - 17, DU - 19.