Much like last night’s 88-47 win over Cornell, Duke got off to a slow start tonight against Elon. Except this slow start lasted for a while — about 30 minutes to be precise.
However, midway through the second half, the Blue Devils (11-0) went on one of their patented runs where they outscored Elon (6-5) 11-0 to take a 54-35 lead with 10:49 remaining in the game. They went on to never allow the Phoenix to inch closer than 15 points for the rest of the contest en route to winning their 100th straight non-conference home game, 76-54.
National Player of the Year front runner Mason Plumlee had yet another great performance as he posted 21 points and 15 rebounds. He recorded his fourth double-double in five games and pulled down a monstrous eight offensive rebounds. Plumlee anchored Duke inside and was a big reason why the Blue Devils out-rebounded Elon, 42-31.
Sophomore point guard Quinn Cook only dished out three assists, but he also recorded 10 points, eight rebounds, four steals and just one turnover. Freshman stud Rasheed Sulaimon chipped in 13 points and four assists and veteran floor general Tyler Thornton added eight points, four assists and two steals. Senior power forward Ryan Kelly also tallied 14 points, five rebounds and three assists and senior sharpshooter Seth Curry struggled from the floor, shooting 3-for-10 from the field and 1-for-4 from beyond the arc.
Freshman Marshall Plumlee sat out the game due to injury after making his debut last night. His injury is reportedly not connected to his previous foot ailment that kept him out of the first nine games of the season. His status for Duke’s next match-up is unknown and will likely not be decided until after Christmas.
However, despite the victory and a nice cap to the first half of the season, the biggest and best news of the night for the Blue Devils was the commitment of Jabari Parker. The Chicago small forward is ranked the second best prospect in the country by many recruiting services and, as written here, was Duke’s top priority in the class of 2013. He’s a great player and even better person who impacts the game in every way possible. He can pass, score, rebound and defend and will fill up the stat sheet in a plethora of different categories.
Parker’s commitment gives Blue Devil fans a lot to be excited about for next year, but don’t forget this year’s squad… the one that’s ranked #1, is undefeated and looks like the best team in the country.
Duke has a nine-day layoff with the holidays quickly approaching and don’t play again until their Dec. 29 match-up against Santa Clara (9-2). The Saturday afternoon game will be televised on ESPN2 and is their second to last contest before they begin conference play Jan. 5 at Cameron Indoor Stadium against Wake Forest (5-5).