DURHAM, NC – Coach Mike Krzyzewski earns his 1000th win at Duke as his Blue Devils defeat a tough Utah Valley team 99-69 on Saturday night.
Duke came out aggressive early, shown by freshman Wendell Carter Jr, who forced a foul early on the seven-foot Utah Valley center Akolda Manyang. Carter Jr would hit his first free throw but would miss the second to get Duke on the board 1-0.
Kenneth Ogbe would get the Wolverines on the board with a three-pointer to give Utah Valley the 3-1 lead.
Trevon Duval would get the crowd hype on the next possession with an exciting alley-oop to Marvin Bagley III to tie the game at 3. Duval finished the game with 15 points and 12 assists, giving him 20 assists and only one turnover in the last 24 hours.
Bagley III would then tip in a rebound in to the UVU basket to give the Wolverines the 5-3 lead with the point being credited to Manyang 5-3 UVU.
The Blue Devils would quickly get down the floor and finish with a Trent Jr layup to tie the game at 5.
Ogbe would knock down two free throws to give Utah Valley the 7-5 lead.
Wendell Carter Jr had a big block on defense then made the high-low pass on the offensive end to standout freshman Marvin Bagley III for the and-one to give Duke the 8-7 advantage. Bagley III would finish the game with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Carter Jr finished the game with 12 points, seven rebounds, and four monster blocks.
Utah Valley guard Brandon Randolph would break the Duke full court press and find Conner Toolson in the right corner for a wide open three-pointer to give Utah Valley the 10-8 lead.
Randolph missed two free throws but managed to get a steal and assist on following fast break to Conner Toolson to extend the Utah Valley lead to 4.
Trent Jr would respond with a three-pointer off a Carter Jr steal to cut the Duke deficit to one at 12-11.
After going back and forth after a trio of Toolson free throws, Duke would catch on fire from this point on, going on an 11-0 run in the next two minutes giving Duke the 24-17 lead after a Gary Trent Jr steal and a Bagley III three-pointer.
Despite the Wolverines cutting the deficit to nine with 3:31 remaining in the half on part of a 6-0 run, Duke would not let UVU get any momentum going in to halftime.
Randolph would open the scoring in the second half as the Wolverine guard got a layup to go to cut the deficit to 13. Duke would then hit seven of their first nine field goal attempts to blow the game open to a 23-point lead. The Blue Devils would not look back, as they would battle for their Coach to get him to the nearly unthinkable milestone with a 99-69 victory.
Grayson Allen finished with 18 points on a 4-for-6 shooting effort from behind the three-point line.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski mentioned that the feat was amazing, but now they can “get past it” and move forward to preparing for a battle with Michigan State in the State Farm Champions Classic in Chicago on Tuesday, November 14th.