Duke has no trouble finishing off Wake

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 18, 2021

Associated Press

DURHAM (AP) — Matthew Hurt scored 22 points on 8-of-9 shooting, DJ Steward added 16 points and Duke never trailed in its 84-60 win over Wake Forest on Wednesday night.

Joey Baker hit 4 of 7 from 3-point range and finished with 12 points for Duke (9-8, 7-6 Atlantic Coast Conference). Wendell Moore Jr. scored 11 points.

Wake Forest went scoreless for nearly five minutes as Duke scored 12 consecutive points to make it 29-13 when Jordan Goldwire hit a 3-pointer with 7:18 left in the first half, and the Blue Devils led by double figures the rest of the way.

Ody Oguama led the Demon Deacons (6-10, 3-10) with 14 points and Daivion Williamson scored 12. Ian DuBose — a graduate transfer from Houston and a Durham native — had 10 points and eight rebounds in his first game against the Blue Devils.

Duke has won back-to-back games following a three-game skid in which the Blue Devils allowed 83.7 points per game. They held N.C. State to its season-low 53 points on Saturday and limited Wake Forest to just 39% shooting Wednesday.

Freshman Jalen Johnson opted out of the rest of the season on Monday. The 6-foot-9 small forward, a projected lottery pick in the 2021 NBA draft, averaged 11.2 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 13 games for Duke.


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