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Duke Picks Up Road Win at Wake 84-70; Wendell Carter Jr. Scores 23 Points, 12 Rebounds

By January 24, 2018No Comments

The Duke Blue Devils were able to hold serve against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons with an 84-70 win in Winston-Salem. Duke moved to 6-2 in the conference and 18-2 overall while Wake drops to 1-7 and in the conference and 8-12 overall.

Wake coughed up the ball to the Blue Devils 21 times in the game accounting for 34 of the 84 Duke points. Defensively Duke was improved, primarily playing man-to-man, holding Wake to 43% shooting overall but only 25% from beyond the arc. Duke was out-rebounded by the Demon Deacons 37-31 but Duke was able to negate this advantage by going 30-39 from the free throw line to only 11-13 for Wake.

Wendell Carter was a monster for Duke scoring 23 points on 6 of 9 shooting an going 10-13 from the free throw line. Carter also added 12 rebounds notching another double-double. Marvin Bagley despite a slow start also finished the night with a double-double scoring 16 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. If Carter was the thunder then Grayson Allen was the lightening for the Blue Devils. The senior 2 guard scored 17 in the game and also dished out 6 assists. Allen made several heady plays for Duke and was aggressive with the basketball. Grayson assumed the primary ball-handling abilities when guard Trevon Duval was sat by Coach K in the second half.

Gary Trent Jr. was a silent assassin for the Devils, the freshman 2 guard seemed to have an answer for every Wake run hitting big shot after big shot on his way to 19 points for the game on 6-12 shooting. Gary Trent Jr. has quietly put together a string of games for Duke that include 19, 30, 17 and 19 points.

Wake was carried by Doral Moore who score 18 for the game but was limited to just 4 points in the second half before fouling out with 2:18. Brandon Childress scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half to carry much of the scoring load for the Demon Deacons.

Next up for the Blue Devils is a home game against the number 2 team in the nation University of Virginia Cavaliers who are unbeaten in ACC play this year.