Men’s Basketball Falls 99-65 at No. 6 Duke
The Eagles play host to Winthrop Saturday at 4 p.m. in Hanner Fieldhouse
DURHAM, N.C. – Brandon Ingram tallied 26 points and 14 rebounds to lead No. 6 Duke to a 99-65 men’s basketball victory over Georgia Southern Tuesday night in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Tookie Brown scored 20 points and dished out four assists to lead Georgia Southern (3-5), while Mike Hughes posted 14 points and two assists. Devonte Boykins finished with 11 points and three assists.
Ingram shot 9 of 13 from the floor for the Blue Devils (9-1), who won their 122nd consecutive non-conference game in Cameron Indoor Stadium, a streak that started in 2000. Grayson Allen collected 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists, and Matt Jones contributed 16 points, six rebounds and four assists. Derryck Thornton scored 15, and Luke Kennard netted 11.
The Blue Devils stretched a four-point cushion to a 39-28 lead with an 11-4 run late in the first half behind six points by Kennard. After Brown scored a layup for the Eagles, Duke capped the frame with an 8-2 run to open a 47-32 advantage at halftime. The Eagles, who hit five straight buckets at one point during the half, finished the period 3 for 15. The margin never dipped below 15 points in the second half and grew to as many as 36 on a long Kennard triple from the wing with 1:17 to go. Duke was in the bonus 4:25 into the second half and outscored the Eagles 19-0 from the free-throw line. Georgia Southern tied a season low with just eight turnovers, but Duke used 22 offensive rebounds to score 27 second-chance points. The Blue Devils shot 53 percent for the game and 58 percent in the second half.
Quotables from Coach Mark Byington
“I knew that this game was going to be a tremendous learning experience. I have the utmost respect for Coach K, and I wanted our guys to see their culture. How hard they played today kind of knocked us back and put us on our heels. Our first-shot defense wasn’t bad, but when they missed it, they went and got it. I want our guys to learn that that is a championship culture, and I think they saw that. I’m a guy who came to Coach K’s basketball camp as a kid, and to be in this gym and watch this and go against this is a great experience for us. I wish we would have battled a little bit more, but I was proud of our guys because I don’t think they hesitated at all. They were aggressive, and that’s one of the big things we emphasized going into the game.”
The Eagles return home for a two-game set, starting with a 4 p.m. contest against Winthrop in Hanner Fieldhouse Saturday, Dec. 19.
(From Georgia Southern Reports)