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Duke 90, Wake Forest 59

DURHAM, N.C. - Duke started fast and picked up the pace. There would be no need to survive a last-second shot this time.

Tre Jones scored 23 points and the second-ranked Blue Devils handled Wake Forest 90-59.

Cassius Stanley added 16 points for Duke (15-1, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which shot 53% from the field.

The Demon Deacons nearly pulled a major upset at Duke last season, losing 71-70 when Chaundee Brown's putback fell off the rim as time expired.

Brown missed this game with an injury, and Duke scored on eight of its first nine possessions to take control early. The Blue Devils pulled away with a 27-12 run in which they scored on 13 of 15 possessions while making 11 of 12 shots.

Duke led 49-23 at halftime after shooting 63%, including 6 of 10 from 3-point range.

"That was one of the most efficient starts we've ever had, really," Stanley said. "Every time we drove and kick, we got great quality shots, and we made them. It's everything you want out of an offense."

Joey Baker and Jack White scored 11 points each, and Jordan Goldwire had 10 points for the Blue Devils.

Torry Johnson and Olivier Sarr scored 13 points apiece to lead Wake Forest (8-7, 1-4). Sharone Wright Jr. added a season-high 11 points for the Demon Deacons.

Brandon Childress, Wake Forest's leading scorer at 16 points a game, was scoreless after missing all six shots.

"We played really well," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "Our defense was outstanding, especially on the perimeter."

Duke won its 900th game at Cameron Indoor Stadium, more wins than any other college team has at its current venue.

Associated Press

January 11, 2020

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