DURHAM, N.C. – The freshman trio of RJ Barrett, Zion Williamson and Cam Reddish combined for 75 points, propelling No. 4 Duke to a 132-48 victory over the reigning NCAA Division II Champion Ferris State Saturday afternoon at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The game was Duke’s final exhibition before the start of the 2018-19 regular season.
Barrett finished with a game-high 32 points to lead the way, while Williamson and Reddish poured in 23 and 20, respectively. Williamson posted a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds, while fellow freshman Tre Jones flirted with a triple double by recording eight points, nine rebounds, 10 assists and four steals.
Duke jumped out to an early lead, surging on a 20-2 run to open the game en route to 64-16 score at intermission. The Blue Devils used a solid defensive effort to hold Ferris State to 16.7 percent shooting (6-36) in the first half, while also outscoring the Bulldogs 30-6 in the paint.
It was a 68-32 scoring margin favoring Duke in the second half as the Blue Devils six-of-nine from behind the arc to close out the contest. Duke shot 59.5 percent mark from the floor for the game, while contributing 29 assists and outrebounding Ferris State 61-36.
The Blue Devils open the season on Tuesday, Nov. 6, facing off with No. 2 Kentucky in the State Farm Champions Classic. Tipoff is set for 9:30 p.m. with the game airing live on ESPN.