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Duke Too Much, Routs Marist 94-49

In the first official contest for the Blue Devils, Duke cruises past Marist 94-49 to start the season 1-0. The Blue Devils (1-0) would come out on an 11-0 run and would not let up from that point. Marist (0-1) fought a tough game, but the rotation of Duke players would be too deep to handle. Five players scored in double digits for Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s team, with freshman guard Frank Jackson leading the scoring efforts with 18 points. The quick lead allowed for a lot of younger guys to see valuable minutes in the second half. Coach Mike Kryzewski stated that “I think our bench did a really good job. It was great minutes for Antonio [Vrankovic] and Javin [DeLaurier] in the second half.” Duke got to the line tonight 37 times and converted 26 of their attempts to be 70.3 percent on the night.

Luke Kennard finished with 16 points and nine rebounds in his performance tonight. Looking stronger and quicker, it is no secret that Kennard has worked on being more aggressive. Kennard mentioned that “throughout the offseason, I got a lot stronger and quicker.” The sophomore guard continued “I think that just plays a role in my aggressiveness and my driving to the basket and battling down low for a bit on the offense and defensive ends.”

Frank Jackson
Frank Jackson (15)

The person who arguably had one of the best games of his career was sophomore forward Chase Jeter. Jet

er has really improved since stepping foot on Duke’s campus, and now, he is almost at the point of being the anchor in the middle for Coach K. Senior captain Amile Jefferson said that Jeter is “…doing a great job of being solid, finishing strong, and just being the player that we need down low. I think he is doing an amazing job of bringing energy, size, and really attacking strong.” I believe that will really help bring size to the team that the Blue Devils will need to be contenders for a national championship this year

Speaking of size, the size of the Blue Devils really rendered Marist hopeless when it came to trying to get points in the paint. Duke had seven blocks on the night and forced the visitors to take 25 three point attempts, only hitting three of which. Duke’s zone play has been outstanding in the past few seasons, but if tonight is a foreshadow for this season, there will not be many teams scoring against the zone. Jefferson spoke on the tough zone, saying that “I think we are just really active, really big. I think in any defense, if you play that active and you are that big and move that well, it will work out pretty good.

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Grayson Allen (3) celebrates hitting a three pointer.

Duke moves forward to focus on Grand Canyon on a quick turnaround as it will be the second game that Duke will play in that amount of days. Coach K rushed through his press conference, mentioning that “we gotta get ready to play against a team that won 27 games last year.” I would expect the Blue Devils to roll in their contest on Saturday

 

(Photos courtesy of Keenan Hairston)

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Lawrence Davis III
Lawrence Davis, a Durham, North Carolina native, is a Sports Editor/Writer and Webmaster. The High Point University Alum has been writing for the magazine since 2013, covering Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), and Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) sports year round, as well as the Durham Bulls (Triple-A) baseball team in spring and summer. Davis is also the Head Coach of the Sanderson High School Varsity Lacrosse team in Raleigh NC, leading his team to numerous school records in only four years with the program. Davis still manages to assist in the organization and facilitation of the Annual NC MLK/Black History Month Parade, Annual NC Juneteenth Celebration, Spectacular Magazine Men of the Year and Spectacular Magazine Women of the Year award programs, among other events. Despite his busy schedule, Lawrence has built and maintains the Spectacular Magazine website and social media. @lawdavis13 lawdavis@spectacularmag.com
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