DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke men's basketball team hosts
Winston-Salem State in Cameron Indoor Stadium this Thursday, Nov. 1, in the
second exhibition game of the preseason. The game will tip off at 7 p.m. and
will air live on the Blue Devil Network and IMG Sports Radio.
Duke is coming off of a 105-87 win over Western Washington
on Saturday in which three Blue Devils - seniors Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly
and freshman Rasheed Sulaimon - topped 20 points. Sophomore point guard Quinn
Cook and freshman forward Amile Jefferson also scored in double figures with 13
points apiece as the Blue Devils showcased an explosive offense equipped with
The Blue Devils shot 57.6 percent from the floor and 42.9
percent from three-point range against the defending Division II National
Champions, thanks in part to the 6-11 forward Kelly who hit 6-of-9 shots,
including 3-of-4 from three-point range. He was also a perfect 7-of-7 from the
free throw line, dished out four assists and grabbed six rebounds.
Winston-Salem State is coming off of a successful 2011-12
season at the Division II level in which they won the CIAA Championship and
finished with a 21-9 record. The Rams return all five starters from last
season, including leading scorers Justin Glover (15.8 points per game), LaMar
Monger (13.4 ppg) and WyKevin Bazemore (13.4 ppg). The Rams possess a dynamic
backcourt led by senior Marcus Wells, who averaged 3.0 steals and 6.3 points
per game as a junior. Wells is one of Winston-Salem State's most experienced
players, having played the point for four years, and enters his senior season
among the school's top five all-time in assists.
Expect Duke to use a balanced rotation of players again on
Thursday, as eight Blue Devils logged at least 15 minutes against Western
Washington on Saturday. Only the senior forward Plumlee and sophomore point
guard Cook played over 30 minutes, as head coach Mike Krzyzewski took advantage
of a deep bench and a wealth of versatility in Duke's lineup.
The matchup against Winston-Salem State will be the last
exhibition contest of the preseason for Duke. Coming to Durham for Duke's home
opener on Friday, Nov. 9, will be Georgia State for a 7 p.m. contest in Cameron
Indoor Stadium. Duke will then take on defending national champion Kentucky in
Atlanta, Ga. on Nov. 13.
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