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No. 1 Duke Blows Past Bowie State, 116-53
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 11/04/2017
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DURHAM, N.C. - Ten players scored as No. 1 Duke opened up a 42-point halftime lead en route to a 116-53 win over Bowie State at Cameron Indoor Stadium in its final tune-up before the start of the 2017-18 regular season.

Three Blue Devils registered double-doubles, with freshman Wendell Carter Jr. scoring 23 points and grabbing 14 rebounds, while classmate Marvin Bagley III added a game-best 25 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Grayson Allen rounded out the trio, finishing with 21 points and 11 assists. Freshman Gary Trent Jr. (22 points) finished the group of 20-plus point scorers.

Duke used a dominant defensive effort, holding Bowie State to 27.3 percent shooting (18-of-66) from the floor for the game and pounded the ball in the paint, outscoring the Bulldogs 76-14.

The outcome was never in doubt with Duke opening up leads of 9-0 and 28-3 within the first eight minutes of the contest. Allen led the way with seven points in the first eight minutes while Bagley III and Trent Jr. poured in six points each.

By the end of the opening period, Duke led 69-27 after shooting 69.4 percent from the floor. Allen contributed seven assists while Antonio Vrankovic had a pair of blocks in the opening stanza.

The Blue Devils opened the second half with an 11-5 run over the opening 2:35 and took an 82-32 lead on a Carter dunk. The Duke lead ballooned to 63 points, 101-38, on a layup from Trent Jr. with 9:42 to play in the game.

For the contest, Duke shot 59.0 percent (46-of-78) from the floor, contributed 27 assists and outrebounded Bowie State 58-27.

The Blue Devils, ranked No. 1 in the preseason polls from both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches, open the 2017-18 season on Friday, Nov. 10, hosting Elon. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. and the game will be shown live on ACC Network Extra.


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