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Duke 97, Syracuse 88

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Vernon Carey Jr. had 26 points and a season-high 17 rebounds for the 10th double-double of his freshman season and No. 9 Duke beat Syracuse 97-88.

Cassius Stanley keyed an early second-half surge and the Blue Devils (18-3, 8-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their third straight after a two-game skid.

Stanley had 15 points, Tre Jones had 17, Matthew Hurt had 12 and Alex O'Connell 11 for Duke. Carey, a low-post presence who's been adept at drawing fouls, has eight 20-10 games.

Duke shot 31 of 54 (57.4%) and was 16 of 26 in the second half while holding Syracuse's sharpshooters in check. Buddy Boeheim (75) and Elijah Hughes (59) were ranked third nationally among 3-point basket duos with 134. They finished 3 of 16 from long range and 10 of 32 overall.

Marek Dolezaj led Syracuse (13-9, 6-5) with 22 points. Hughes finished with 21 points on 6-of-19 shooting and was 1 of 9 from behind the arc.

After a tight first period, Duke started the second half with a 9-1 spurt led by Stanley, who started it with a 3-pointer, fed Carey with a pretty lob, and hit a fallaway jumper for a 49-39 lead at 17:52.

Syracuse got within 71-61 on consecutive 3s by Joe Girard and Boeheim in a span of 16 seconds with just over eight minutes left as the raucous home crowd of 31,458 erupted, but Hurt followed with a 3 for Duke to keep the Blue Devils in front.

Syracuse closed within 79-74 on Bourama Sidibe's tip-in off a miss by Hughes with 3:11 to go, but Stanley converted a three-point play and Jones hit a pair of free throws to restore the double-digit lead.

Duke outrebounded Syracuse 41-35. The Orange have been outrebounded four times in their five ACC losses

Associated Press


February 1, 2020

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