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Everyone in the building new what the Citadel Bulldogs wanted to do and it was to shoot as many 3-point shots as they could heave up and while the Blue Devils game planned for it, seeing it in person clearly took some adjusting to as Duke allowed the Citadel to shoot over 50% from beyond the arc in the first half (a feat that they duplicated in the second). Hoisting up 19 3’s and making 10 of them kept the Bulldogs within striking distance in the first half. Duke only managed a 10 point lead at the break despite having advantages in every other conceivable stat aside from 3’s. Coach K was visibly upset at the lack of closeouts and communication from his team in that first half.

The second half saw the Blue Devils crank it up on both ends of the floor. The Blue Devils began the half on a 28-18 run to push the led to 20 points. The Bulldogs never stopped bombing. The Citadel followed up their 10-19 first half 3-point shooting with an 8-15 second half – breaking the record for 3 pointers in Cameron Indoor Stadium by an opponent. Duke was far too efficient offensively and defensively for any of that to matter. The Blue Devils shot 54.1 in the second half and scored 55 points to run away with the game 107-81.

The Blue Devils took the 13 turnovers by the Bulldogs and turned them into 16 points. Duke also did damage from the line shooting 27-29 to only 1-5 for the Citadel. Duke also rebounded the basketball to a 46 to 29 advantage.

Freshman Paolo Banchero paced the Blue Devils, posting a career high 28 points to go along with his 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Banchero scored from all 3 levels, utilizing his plethora of skills in the mid-range, beyond the arc and power moves to the bucket. Wendell Moore Jr. just missed adding a second triple double, scoring 22 points, pulling down 8 rebounds and dishing 9 assists. The Blue Devils also recorded double figure efforts from Trevor Keels who scored 10 points, Mark Williams who added 14 points, 7 rebounds, 3assists and 2 blocks. Sophomore guard Jeremy Roach added 10 points as well.

Duke 107

0505 Banchero,Paolo*3110-192-56-62-681601228
0000 Moore Jr.,Wendell*348-142-74-53-582900122
1515 Williams,Mark*206-70-02-24-373312014
0101 Keels,Trevor*292-91-76-71-122110311
0303 Roach,Jeremy*334-112-60-00-332210110
1313 Baker,Joey171-50-17-71-34210009
1212 John,Theo163-30-02-22-24110118
0202 Blakes,Jaylen51-21-20-01-23000003
2121 Griffin,AJ121-40-20-02-13010102
3434 Jones,Bates30-00-00-01-12010000
TMTM TEAM00-00-00-01-12000000
Team SummaryFG3PTFT
First Half16-375-1915-16
43.24 %26.32 %93.75 %
Second Half20-373-1112-13
54.05 %27.27 %92.31 %
48.6 %26.7 %93.1 %
Column OneColumn TwoColumn Three
Technical Fouls: noneSecond Chance Points: 27Scores Tied: 0 time(s)
Points in the Paint: 48Fast Break Points: 20Lead Changed: 0 time(s)
Points off Turnovers: 16Bench Points: 22

The Citadel 81

3333 Brown,Hayden*307-124-51-42-244220019
1212 Davis,Brent*277-95-60-00-443110019
0101 Clark,Stephen*187-102-20-03-145412016
1313 Moffe,Tyler*363-111-50-00-55173007
1111 Roche,Jason*301-51-50-01-23300103
0303 Fitzgibbons III,Rudy183-43-30-00-00223009
0505 Maynard,David62-22-20-00-00010006
0000 Price,Jackson211-100-60-10-55133002
2323 Spencer,Owen130-00-00-01-01110210
1414 Spence,Brady10-10-00-00-00000000
TMTM TEAM00-00-00-01-23000000
Team SummaryFG3PTFT
First Half16-3310-190-3
48.48 %52.63 %0.00 %
Second Half15-318-151-2
48.39 %53.33 %50.00 %
48.4 %52.9 %20.0 %
Column OneColumn TwoColumn Three
Technical Fouls: noneSecond Chance Points: 11Scores Tied: 0 time(s)
Points in the Paint: 20Fast Break Points: 20Lead Changed: 0 time(s)
Points off Turnovers: 5Bench Points: 17
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