DURHAM, N.C. – Duke wrapped up exhibition play with a 98-45 victory over reigning Division II national champion Augustana Friday night in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
For the second straight game, sophomore guard Luke Kennard led all scorers, dropping 17 on 7-of-13 shooting. Junior guard Grayson Allen (16), freshman guard Frank Jackson (16) and sophomore forward Chase Jeter (15) also posted double-digit points.
Jeter shot a perfect 5-of-5 from the floor, helping the Blue Devils shoot 31-of-66 from the field in the contest.
Duke opened the game on a 13-0 run, holding Augustana scoreless over the first 4:08 of the contest. The Blue Devils spread the points around over the stretch, with Jeter scoring five, Kennard netting four and Jackson contributing two of his own.
Duke’s offense was locked in to open the contest, as the Blue Devils shot 47.1 percent from the field in the first half. Eight of the nine Blue Devils that saw action in the opening 20 minutes netted at least two points, with Allen leading the offensive charge with a game-high 14 first-half points.
The Blue Devils showcased their defensive prowess in the opening stanza as well, forcing the Vikings into committing 16 turnovers and scoring 22 points off Augustana’s miscues. Senior guard Matt Jones led Duke’s defensive efforts to open the game, posting a team-best four first-half steals. He would end the game with six steals.
At the midway point of the first half, Amile Jefferson showcased his versatility, hauling in a defensive rebound, taking the ball coast-to-coast, and finishing at the other end for two of his nine points in the contest.
Duke’s second-half play mirrored that of the first, with a mix of tenacious defense and efficient offense.
Jackson caught his rhythm following the break, netting 12 points to go along with his four first-half points. Jackson displayed his range, draining a three for his first points of the second half before Jefferson dished the ball to him in the corner later in the contest for his second three of the game.
Jones brought the house down after forcing an Augustana turnover at the top of the key and throwing it down for a thunderous jam at the other end with 10:32 remaining.
Duke begins regular season action next Friday, facing Marist at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Tip is set for 7 p.m., with coverage on the ACC Network Extra.
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