Friday, November 8, 2013
Davidson exposed in 111-77 loss to No. 4 Duke
DURHAM, N.C. -- Davidson coach Bob McKillop wants his team to build toward success at the end of the season.
There sure wasn't much for the Wildcats to feel good about at the start.
No. 4 Duke had four 20-point scorers in the same game for the first time and shot better than 70 percent in a 111-77 rout of Davidson on Friday night.
Southern Conference preseason player of the year De'Mon Brooks led Davidson with 24 points. Tom Droney added 16 for the Wildcats, who have lost 13 of 14 against Top 25 opponents.
"Let's face it, for us all the marbles occur in March with our conference tournament," McKillop said. "We realize when we play these teams, they expose us."
Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood each scored 22 points, Quinn Cook had 21 and Rasheed Sulaimon added 20 for Duke.
"That was a rather impressive display of offensive firepower," McKillop said. "Their ability to do things with the dribble and off the catch, and in as many spots as they did, it's pretty darned impressive."
Parker, one of the nation's most heavily hyped recruits, and Hood, who sat out last season after transferring from Mississippi State, were a combined 17 of 20 with five of Duke's 13 3-pointers.
"First game in college -- are you kidding me?" coach Mike Krzyzewski said about Parker. "That was a terrific performance."
The Atlantic Coast Conference favorites shot 70.4 percent -- just the sixth time in school history that Duke was better than 70 percent for a game.
"We just shared the ball quickly and scored pretty fast," Krzyzewski said. "All of a sudden, you've got points."
Duke effectively ended this one after a first half in which it shot 71 percent, held the Wildcats to one offensive rebound and scored 59 points -- more than it had in any half in 2012-13.
Amile Jefferson added 10 points in Duke's highest-scoring opener since rolling up 121 points on North Carolina Central in 2007.
"I think we just clicked," Parker said. "They didn't know what we were doing out there. They weren't expecting it."
This one really got out of hand after a media timeout midway through the first half, when the Blue Devils outscored Davidson 20-6 out of that break while making a dedicated effort to drive the lane and draw contact.
Sulaimon and Parker hit 3-pointers roughly 45 seconds apart midway through the burst. Sulaimon connected again from long range with 7 minutes left to put Duke up by 20 for the first time, 41-21.
By that point, the Blue Devils were well on their way to their 102nd straight nonconference win at Cameron Indoor Stadium -- a streak that doesn't figure to be seriously tested until No. 7 Michigan visits on Dec. 3.
Duke averaged 92 points in two exhibition wins, overhauling its style of play after 55 percent of its scoring departed last spring when Mason Plumlee, Seth Curry and Ryan Kelly wrapped up their stellar careers.
With a roster stocked with talented, interchangeable players -- four members of the rotation are either 6-foot-8 or 6-9 -- the Blue Devils went back to the baseline-to-baseline style that was the trademark of the Carlos Boozer and Shane Battier-led teams in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
On the first day of practice, Krzyzewski said Parker and Hood would be the focal points of this team.
In the first half, they combined to make 11 of 12 shots with 29 points, 10 rebounds and one turnover.
Quipped Hood, who finished 9 of 10 from the field: "I wish I would have hit that one."
Parker, the ACC's preseason rookie of the year, became the fifth freshman under Krzyzewski to score at least 20 in his debut -- and put on a show almost from the opening tip.
During the first 2 minutes of his college career, he knocked down a jumper, grabbed two defensive rebounds, fed Jefferson for the reverse layup that put Duke ahead to stay, then nailed an open 3 from the right corner that sent the Cameron Crazies into delirium.
Parker's 3 after a pretty jab step from the key made it 31-17, forced Davidson into a timeout and drew the entire Duke bench onto the floor for an embrace.
"He has a lot to learn and he wants to learn," Krzyzewski said. "He's got to keep doing everything a little bit better. But he was really outstanding tonight."
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