Five Duke basketball players highlight the formula for success

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Duke basketball formula for success: DJ Steward

Freshman guard DJ Steward also had one of his best games in a Duke basketball jersey. He was aggressive early in the first half and was able to open up his shot, connecting on two massive 3-pointers in the final minutes of the first half to stretch the lead from two to eight points right before halftime.

And Steward carried this momentum forward, knocking down another transition three early in the second half. He finished with a team-high 19 points, making all six of his free throws and going 3-for-6 from downtown, to go along with five rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block, and zero turnovers across 38 minutes on the floor.

Steward is one of Duke’s better shooters, but he has to continue to be aggressive early in games. He has to force the defense to respect his drives, which will allow him to get cleaner looks from the outside.