After twenty minutes, the Duke Blue Devils and UCLA Bruins are tied up 37-37.
Freshman phenom Jabari Parker led the way for the Blue Devils, heading into halftime with 11 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal. UCLA was led by a variety of players, with David Wear, Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson, and Bryce Alford all scoring 6 or more points.
The game started out all-Duke, as Parker, Cook, and Dawkins all hit early three-pointers to lift the Blue Devils to an 18-8 advantage seven minutes in. The Bruins, meanwhile, were successful in creating open looks, taking advantage of a slow-to-respond Duke defense, but they struggled to connect on shots early on.
From that point on, the entire game turned into a blur, with both teams relying on fast breaks and quick shots offensively. Unfortunately for the Blue Devils, they became far too reliant on the three-pointer as a result of UCLA’s zone defense, and the shots stopped falling.
UCLA continued to abuse the Duke defense and, once their shots started falling, they raced ahead and regained the lead on a Bryce Alford three at the 7:54 mark.
The rest of the half consisted of the teams exchanging blows, with Duke using a couple fast breaks off UCLA turnovers to tie it up 37-37 at the 00:26 mark.
On the half, Duke shot 44.1% overall (6-19 from 3pt) while UCLA was only slightly worse at 43.8%. The Bruins were much more efficient from beyond the arc, however, hitting 6 of their 11 attempts.
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