Dec 28, 2013; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski questions a call by an official in the game against the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports

Duke thrashes Elon, 86-48


Duke turned in one of their most balanced and efficient games of the season Saturday afternoon, completely dismantling the Elon Phoenix in an 86-48 victory.

Five different Blue Devils turned in double figure scoring–with Andre Dawkins leading the way with 15–and the defense harassed Elon all game, forcing 22 turnovers in total.

The game was never close; a barrage of Dawkins three-pointers put Duke up by 21-7 less than 10 minutes into the game, and Elon never managed to get anything going against the energetic and swarming defense.

The Phoenix–who came into the game averaging 81.4 points and shooting 49.6% from the field–managed to hit just 19 of their 54 shots (35.2%) and 5 of their 21 three-pointers (23.8%).

Quinn Cook, Tyler Thornton, and the rest of the Duke guards deserve the biggest round of applause, as Elon’s impressive starting guards–Koch, Hamilton, and Samson–ended up with more turnovers (9) than points (5) on 2-14 shooting. The Phoenix trio came into the game averaging a combined 35.4 points per game.

For Duke, the periods of ugly play were few and far between, and you can see this team slowly molding into a serious competitor. Rasheed Sulaimon had another impressive game, scoring 11 points on a collection of drives, free throws, and a sexy step-back three-pointer.

Freshman phenom Jabari Parker didn’t make nearly as many headlines offensively, but he did manage a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds) and turned in another strong performance all-around.

The 38-point margin of victory was Duke’s largest of the year, and was their fourth 30+ point win of the season.

Duke (11-2) will return to action on January 4th, when they open ACC play at Notre Dame. Elon (7-7) will also return to the court on the 4th against Western Carolina.

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