Following a win against Wake Forest on Saturday, in which sophomore guard Quinn Cook didn’t score a single point – dished out career-high 14 assists – Cook poured in a career-high 27 points as Duke started ACC play 2-0 with a 68-40 victory over Clemson on Tuesday night at home.
Once again, like in games against Santa Clara and Davidson, the Blue Devils got off to a slow start, due to poor shooting. However, Duke was playing one of the lowest-scoring teams in the conference, a Tigers team that scores around 66 points per game. Duke’s offensive struggles looked remedial compared to Clemson’s in the first half.
The Tigers only connected on three field goals, en route to 10 points through 16 minutes. Ryan Kelly, who ended the game with 12 points, outscored Clemson going into the break. Kelly didn’t return in the second half with a leg injury.
Kelly sparked a 16-2 Duke first half run with 10 points during that span.
Cook once again played well for Duke. Although he didn’t score in the win against Wake Forest, he was able to contribute through his passing and defense. On Tuesday, the sophomore was feeling it from the floor. Cook shot 12-of-16 from the field, including three 3-pointers. Cook also added five assists.
Seth Curry only scored eight points, however that was good enough to put him into Duke basketball history. Curry became the 63rd Blue Devil to record 1,000 career points.
Duke, now 15-0, faces its biggest test in conference play, a road game against North Carolina State on Saturday. The status of Kelly is unknown for the weekend matchup in Raleigh.
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