The Blue Devils dispatched the Bison of Bucknell with very little strife 90-60. The Blue Devils used the game to work on solidifying lineups and working out the kinks on the offensive end.
Kyle Filipowski would exit the game in the first half with 4:04 left with an ankle injury and Duke only up 7, the Bison would cut that 7 point lead to 4 before Duke went on an 11-0 run to push the lead to 15 at the break.
The second half saw Flilipowski return the starting lineup and it also saw the Blue Devils score 29 points in the first 10 minutes of the half, going on a 29-17 run to push the lead to 27. The run was fueled by 9 points from freshman Jared McCain would go on to score a career high 17 points on 5-8 shooting, hitting 5 out of his 7 3-point attempts. McCain also notched his first double-double, pulling down 10 rebounds to lead the Blue Devils.
Sophomore Mark Mitchell found his offensive game scoring a game high 20 points on 8-13 shooting, while pulling down rebounds. The Blue Devils also got double figure efforts from Tyrese Proctor who scored 13 points on 5-8 shooting, adding 4 assists and no turnovers and Kyle Filipowski who played just 17 minutes in the game but added 10 points. Caleb Foster coming off of his 18 point output against Michigan State scored 9 points but led the team in assists with 6.
The improvements on offense seemed to materialize toward the end of the first half and on into the second half. The Blue Devils were able to not only score 90 points but also improve their assist numbers with 23 on 32 made baskets. Duke also shot it well from 3, hitting on 13-34 for 38.2%.
Next up for the Blue Devils is a date with the La Salle Explorers in Cameron for their second game of the Blue Devil Challenge on Tuesday.