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Duke 89, Miami 59

DURHAM, N.C. - Freshman Matthew Hurt scored 15 of his 22 points in a dominating first half to help No. 8 Duke beat Miami 89-59.

Tre Jones added 16 points for the Blue Devils (16-3, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who entered the game coming off their first back-to-back losses since February 2018. They were never in any danger in this one, following a 33-point win in the first meeting by turning this one into another blowout by midway through the opening half.

Duke knocked down open look after open look against Miami's zone, starting with Hurt burying a 3 from the left corner on the Blue Devils' first possession then following with another - in which he pumpfaked Sam Waardenburg off his feet to set up the shot - from the opposite wing on the next possession.

And the Blue Devils didn't stop hitting, either, in that opening half. The Blue Devils shot 52% and hit 9 of 17 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes, then cruised the rest of the way to put an emphatic end to a modest skid.

Rodney Miller had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Hurricanes (10-8, 2-6) who missed 25 of their first 31 shots as this game got away quickly. Miami came in shooting 45% and ranked in the top 30 nationally of KenPom's adjusted offensive efficiency in rankings, but the Hurricanes never found any type of offensive rhythm that would allow them to hang in against Duke's early onslaught.

The Hurricanes finished the game shooting 30%.




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